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Mikey Powell trial

Issue No. 2004

Mikey Powell died on 7 September 2003 after being struck by a police car, hit with a baton and sprayed with CS gas in the Lozells area of Birmingham.

The trial of ten police officers is taking place in Leicester. PCs Tim Lewis and David Hadley deny dangerous driving and battery.

Another eight police officers – Acting Sergeant Chris Wilson, Inspector Tony Guest, PC Steven Hollyman, PC Nigel Hackett, PC Luke Gill, PC Lee Howard, PC Andrew Edwards and Sergeant David Williams – all deny charges of misconduct in a public office.

Ernest Walters, the boyfriend of Mikey’s sister Judith, testified that Powell had broken a window of the patrol car with a belt. The car was turned around to face Powell, at which point it accelerated into the 38 year old and knocked him over.

Walters said he held the rising Powell in a tight bear hug to prevent him moving towards the car again. According to Walters, it is at this point that PCs Lewis and Hadley rushed from the car, one spraying CS gas and the other lashing out with his truncheon.

Adrian Keeling, representing PC Hadley, one of the officers in the patrol car, said Powell had “placed himself in a collision course with the police car”. He said that Walters was refusing to say anything that would depict Powell in a bad light, an allegation that Walters denied.

Prosecuting counsel Courtenay Griffiths commented on the officers’ actions saying, “After the event, they sought to justify this inherently dangerous driving, which caused an obvious risk of serious injury to Powell, claiming they thought he was armed with a gun.”

The trial continues.

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Sat 10 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2004
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