All Public Servants have a duty of care to we, the people – the Public Trust. The police, council officials, MP’s, judiciary and the Queen all take an Oath of Office. Sworn Public Oaths of Office constitute a very clear logical and fundamental principle of our judicial system and constitution, one which demands full respect. It is a serious offence to breach an oath. The following story appeared in the Daily Mail, 16th August 2012. Michael Doherty has painstakingly persued a private prosecution against police officers who smashed into his home in 2008, breaching their duty of care and the Public Trust. Watch this space and support Michael Doherty, left.
Two Met Police officers ‘smashed their way into aircraft engineer’s home with a battering ram and kidnapped him’
- Sgt Gareth Blackburn and Det Stephen MacDonald ‘trespassed into man’s home’ in September 2008
- Michael Docherty claims pair unlawfully smashed their way into his house and forcibly removed him in front of his wife and daughter
Two Met police officers will face a court trial in a rare private prosecution over claims they smashed their way into a man’s home and kidnapped him.
Sergeant Gareth Blackburn, 38, and Detective Constable Stephen MacDonald, 42, were summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today to face allegations of affray, burglary, aggravated burglary, misconduct in public office, kidnap and false imprisonment.
Mr Doherty, who has brought the private prosecution against the officers, claims they smashed their way into his home with a battering ram in front of his terrified wife and daughter on September 4 2008.
Doherty had reported a crime to police but when they failed to take action he repeatedly phoned the police station.
Claim: Michael Docherty says the two officers trespassed into his home on September 4 2008.
He was then accused of harassing a civilian worker at the station and the two officers came to his address to arrest him.
According to the summons, issued by District Judge Deborah Wright at Uxbridge Magistrates court in west London last month, the two officers trespassed and ‘attempted to inflict grievous bodily harm on the home owner.’
The summons says: “You were on the property as a trespasser and you threatened to smash down a glass-panelled door which the homeowner was holding closed.
You threatened and used a battering ram to support your threat of violence. The occupants were caused fear for their personal safety.
You wilfully failed to perform your duty to such a degree that it amounted to an abuse of the public trust which had been placed in you.”
It is alleged they unlawfully entered the home of former aircraft engineer Michael Doherty, 40, in West Drayton, Middlesex and forcibly removed him.
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