Pc fined for kicking boy in throat
A police dog handler has been fined £500 after being found guilty of kicking a 15-year-old boy in the throat as he tried to stop and search him.
Pc Kevin Peel, 44, attacked the teenager after setting his 45kg German Shepherd police dog on him in a Sainsbury's car park in Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, south London, on July 17 last year.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Westminster Magistrates' Court he struggled to breathe after the Metropolitan Police Service officer kicked him twice before calling him a "thieving c***".
After finding Peel guilty of a charge of assault, District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe ordered he pay a £500 fine along with £500 costs and a £50 victim surcharge. She said the victim would not receive any compensation as he did not receive any lasting injuries.
Sentencing Peel, she said: "I bear in mind your hitherto very good character and commitment to a job that you will now lose. Having said that it has to be a fine. A reasonably substantial fine bearing in mind your abuse and your position in the circumstances."
Peel had denied assault along with a Section 5 Public Order offence in relation to the alleged swearing. The district judge dismissed the second offence as she said that the teenager could not have been offended by what he said as his language was just as bad.
Peel, who has been a police officer since 1990 and worked in the Met's dog section since 2008, denied kicking the teenager and said he was simply trying to get the fully trained police dog named Oscar off him.
He said that during the chase, he had given the teenager a number of warnings to stop as he wanted to search him, but the boy would just look over his shoulder at him and continue to pedal.
Asked if he kicked the teenager, he said: "Of course I didn't. I find it extremely upsetting that I've been accused of that. To me it's obvious what I was doing at the scene. I was actually fighting with the police dog to get away. I was actually preventing the boy from being bitten - that was my main objective."
Peel looked shocked and hung his head as the guilty verdict was passed.