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Stepfather tells court of watching stepson beaten by police

The stepfather of a man accused of assaulting a police officer said he watched from the balcony as his stepson was pepper-sprayed and beaten by the officer.

Richard Robinson told Magistrates' Court this morning that he was at his home, on Plaice's Point, in Pembroke, when his stepson Troy Smith was involved with an incident with police on July 4.

Mr Smith, 28, pleaded not guilty to assaulting Pc Richard Geraghty causing bodily harm, resisting arrest and wielding an offensive weapon, namely a 2ft croquet stick. He has admitted to using offensive language.

According to Mr Robinson's testimony, he saw as Pc Geraghty ran towards Mr Smith and pepper-sprayed him in the face. He alleged he also saw the officer pull out his baton and strike Mr Smith across the leg.

He said both officers “rushed” his stepson and threw him on top of a car in the drive way.

Mr Robinson said: “(Mr Smith) was handcuffed on his belly, facing down. He was shouting at the officers saying. It wasn't me (and) cursing at them.

“He was handcuffed on his belly. The black officer (Pc Robin Evans) was at his feet or by his knees holding him from that area and the white officer (Pc Geraghty) was at his head and his neck.

“Then Pc Geraghty moved off from his face and out of the blue just kicked him in the face right on his cheek bone.”

Pc Geraghty previously told the court that Mr Smith had threatened him with a stick, poked him in the eye and threw a rock at him while he attempted to arrest him for violent behaviour.

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Published December 29, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm)

Stepfather tells court of watching stepson beaten by police

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