PC John Caulfield sacked following Hoxton assault case

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A Metropolitan Police officer has been dismissed from the force for gross misconduct following an assault case.

PC John Caulfield, 33, based in Hackney, east London, had been accused of attacking a French tourist in 2009.

A jury acquitted him of actual bodily harm in 2011 but the Met's misconduct review panel found he had used a disproportionate amount of force.

It also said he had produced a misleading written account of the incident and has therefore been sacked.

The officer was accused of kicking and punching Charles Quichand who he had seen urinating in a bush in Hoxton, east London, the trial at Southwark Crown Court heard.

'Discredit'

He denied the charge telling the court he had acted in self-defence. He was then, as a matter of course, subjected to a misconduct review.

Commander Allan Gibson, from the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards, said: "There is no doubt that the actions of PC Caulfield brought discredit on the Metropolitan Police Service and although acquitted at court, reflect badly on the thousands of officers who are honest and work tirelessly for the people of London.

"The panel found his use of force was unnecessary, disproportionate and unreasonable and he was additionally found to have produced a misleading written account of the incident."

"Given the finding, there was only one appropriate outcome in this case and PC Caulfield was dismissed without notice."

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