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Justice for Mikey Powell

Issue No. 2009

A police officer standing trial in connection with the death of Mikey Powell dismissed suggestions last week that excessive force was used.

Acting Sergeant Christopher Wilson said he struggled with the Birmingham father of three after taking him to the ground and handcuffing him.

Two other officers who arrived at the scene helped hold Mikey Powell’s legs to prevent him from kicking out, he told Leicester Crown Court.

Wilson, who joined West Midlands police eight years ago, denied claims that Mikey Powell had been left lying on his front, which could have had an impact on his ability to breathe for too long.

Mikey Powell, aged 38, died after being detained outside his mother’s home in Wilton Street, Lozells, in September 2003.

Six police officers were charged in connection with the death.

Sergeant Wilson is accused of misconduct in public office, in that he took part in and failed to prevent the excessive restraint of Mikey Powell.

He arrived on the scene shortly after PC Timothy Lewis and PC David Hadley had driven a car at Mikey Powell and were trying to detain him.

Earlier PC Hadley strongly denied prosecution claims that he and PC Lewis concocted a story about believing Mikey Powell had a gun to cover up for driving at him.

Courtenay Griffiths QC, prosecuting, asked PC Hadley to “indulge” him when he asked how long it would take for the officers to make up such an excuse.

Hadley replied, “I’m not even going to indulge in that because it is utter fantasy.

Griffiths asked, “It wouldn’t take long, would it?”

Hadley responded, “For a made-up conversation, it wouldn’t take long.”

Inspector Anthony Guest, Acting Sergeant Wilson, PC Steven Hollyman and PC Nigel Hackett are charged with misconduct in a public office. PC Lewis and PC Hadley are charged with dangerous driving and assaulting Mikey Powell.

The six deny all charges. The trial continues.


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Sat 15 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2009
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