Friday, September 21, 2007

Policeman escapes jail despite punching a man so hard he fractured his eye socket

A policeman has escaped jail despite punching a man so hard he fractured his eye socket in Oceana nightclub.

Christopher Thatcher, 28 from Chessington, a serving police constable at Hammersmith Police station, was sentenced to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community at Kingston Crown Court on Thursday.

Thatcher was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to his victim.

Sentencing Thatcher and Walker, Judge Tilling told them "It is deeply regrettable that you became involved in an incident like this where the jury decided that you instigated the violence."

Thatcher and his flatmate David Walker had been on a night out with friends in Kingston at the time of the assault on November 18 last year.

Victims Adam Russell, 21 and Darren Stone, 21, were also out with five or six friends and arrived at Oceana nightclub about 9.30pm.

Between 10pm and midnight, Mr Russell went to the bar to buy a drink and was knocked by Thatcher, spilling his drink.

Mr Russell told Thatcher to "watch it", after which Thatcher walked away to the foyer of the nightclub, followed by Mr Russell.

After an exchange in the foyer, Thatcher swung a punch at Mr Russell, fracturing his eye socket.

Mr Russell's friend Darren Stone went over to break up the fight between the two men but the next thing he remembered was lying on the floor with a deep cut to his head after being punched by Walker.

Hammersmith police are now, incredibly, deciding whether or not he will lose his job.

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Blogger Annette said...

Do you like the police?

Fri Sep 21, 04:51:00 pm GMT  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I like to think that I am fairly ambivalent in my views.


Fri Sep 21, 10:50:00 pm GMT  
Blogger Annette said...

Yes I do.
I think we have a great police force.
I do agree with them being armed now. In fact they should have been armed a few years ago.

Sat Sep 22, 07:56:00 am GMT  
Blogger gugutza said...

"I think we have a great police force."
Of course you have! And with their guns they must shoot every god damn chink, nigger, paki or other scum who doesn't pay his taxes to the queen!
Excuse my nonacademic language.

Sat Sep 22, 12:37:00 pm GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was found guilty purely because he was a serving police officer, he had no chance.
Non of the defendants statements matched, they contridicted themselves the whole time.
What a travisty of justice. This poor young man has lost his career and for what? NOTHING

Mon Sep 24, 12:49:00 pm GMT  

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