Police officer ‘Tasered man who threw underpants at his head during strip search’

A police officer unlawfully Tasered a naked

suspect who threw a pair of underpants at

his head during a strip search, a court has heard.

PC Lee Birch is accused of discharging his

weapon without warning on to the bare chest

of suspect Daniel Dove in a police cell in

Melksham, Wiltshire.

Mr Dove was arrested outside a nightclub and

was charged with being drunk and disorderly

and assaulting PC Birch and a second officer,

though the case against him was later dropped.

Prosecuting, Robin Shellard, told a jury Birch

had used the 'prohibited weapon' in a way that

was not 'necessary, lawful or proportionate'.

Mr Dove told the Bristol crown court: 'I was

compliant the whole time I was in that cell, I

wasn't violent at all.

'He [Birch] asked me to get naked, which I did.

I did feel I had shown enough so they knew I

had nothing on me.

'When he asked me to do it, I did feel quite

embarrassed. I took my pants off and flicked

them at him, towards his face. I was annoyed

at him.'

He added: 'As soon as I flicked my pants at

him, he pulled his arm up from behind his

back and shot me with a Taser.

'There was a lot of pain.'

Birch was charged with assault occasioning

actual bodily harm and misconduct in a public

office following the incident in December

2012, which he denies.

The trial continues.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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