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Stephen Whenary case

Issue No. 2003

Whenary – beaten

Whenary – beaten


An innocent man was left with extensive injuries following a beating by police officers.

Stephen Whenary was so badly injured that he needed 13 weeks off work.

Teesside magistrate’s court was told recently that Stephen was sprayed in the face with CS gas, then beaten around the head with a baton.

At one point, there were as many as 19 police officers at his house in Norton, near Stockton.

After being dragged naked, bloody and battered from the house, the 36 year old was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

He walked free from court after being cleared by a judge who said the police evidence was riddled with discrepancies. The four-day hearing was told how almost every police officer in Stockton responded when a PC put out a call for help.

The policeman alleged to have administered the most serious injuries went on holiday the day before the trial and so could not give evidence.

Other details of the incident were lost when one officer’s notebook was accidentally destroyed in the wash.

District Judge Roger Elsey decided Stephen Whenary, who lives with the former wife of a policeman, was not guilty of headbutting a police officer. Four other charges were dropped during the trial.


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Sat 3 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
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