Alex Menary secures acquittal for Police Officer charged with assault

February 11, 2019

Alex Menary from Exchange Chambers has secured an acquittal for a serving Leicestershire Police Officer charged with assaulting a fellow player during a football match in March of last year.

PC G, an Officer with 10 years’ experience and the goalkeeper for his local football team, was alleged to have struck an opponent after being goaded during goal celebrations, knocking him unconscious and breaking 3 of his teeth.

The prosecution alleged that two assistant referees had seen the defendant strike two forceful blows in an unprovoked attack.

Having heard from 10 witnesses including players from both teams, District Judge Sally Fudge acquitted the defendant, finding that he had instinctively struck a single blow in lawful self-defence.

Alex was instructed by Chris Fallows of Slater and Gordon Solicitors in Leeds.

Alex Menary is experienced in the sphere of police misconduct hearings, having been instructed by the Police Federation on behalf of officers charged with misconduct to appear both before Misconduct Panels and at the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. He has experience of both single and multiple-day hearings, dealing with contested and admitted cases, and making submissions both in relation to Findings and mitigation when concerned with outcomes.

He is a member of the Police Law team at Exchange Chambers.