An officer from Warwickshire Police has been convicted of assaulting a man in Nuneaton.
PC Amondeep Mandiar had denied common assault but was today (Friday 13 January 2023) found guilty by Walsall Magistrates’ following a two-day trial in December. It followed a Warwickshire Police Professional Standards investigation into an incident in Church Street on Christmas Eve 2021.
PC Mandiar, who was a patrol officer based at Bedworth Police Station, had been in a police car when it was flagged down to assist with a man who was injured.
After the injured man was taken to hospital PC Mandiar became involved in an altercation with another member of the group during which he punched him to the face.
The victim of the assault was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and assaulting an emergency worker but was later released without charge.
PC Mandiar claimed the level of force he used was proportionate but the court felt otherwise convicting him of common assault.
He was given a community order lasting four months and a curfew requirement. He will also be required to be on tag.
Detective Superintendent Jill Fowler, head of Warwickshire Police Professional Standards Department, said: “As police officers we are entrusted to use force to carry out our duties, but only if it is necessary, reasonable and proportionate.
“After we received a complaint from the victim we launched a thorough investigation and this raised serious concerns about the level of force used by PC Mandiar and we felt it appropriate to seek charges and put him before the court.
“The court clearly felt he had overstepped the mark and has convicted him of common assault.”
PC Mandiar will now be subject to misconduct proceedings.