Cop duo in dock on drugs frame charge
PUBLISHED: 17:30 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:41 23 August 2010
A MUSICIAN caught two police officers trying to frame him for possessing cannabis when he secretly taped his arrest, a court heard. PC Wayne Campbell, 41, from Cliffe, and PS Marcus Garvey, 45, from Abbeywood, allegedly lied about finding the drug in his
A MUSICIAN caught two police officers trying to frame him for possessing cannabis when he secretly taped his arrest, a court heard.
PC Wayne Campbell, 41, from Cliffe, and PS Marcus Garvey, 45, from Abbeywood, allegedly lied about finding the drug in his pocket during a raid in a bid to evict squatter Benjamin Thacker, the Old Bailey heard on Tuesday.
He was cleared of possessing the class C drug after the dictaphone recording was played at his trial at Greenwich Magistrates Court in March 2008.
The incident took place at a squat in Tudway Road at the Ferrier Estate, Kidbrooke, on January 25, 2008.
But on Tuesday Prosecutor Claire Howel said the pair, based at Eltham Police Station, sledgehammered the door down and dragged him outside.
After finding a bag of dope in the squat, the cops then pretended they had pulled it out of his pocket, it is alleged.
The barrister said: "Both men worked for the police. Garvey was a police sergeant, Campbell was a police constable.
"Thacker is a man who smokes cannabis, he is someone who squats.
"He is someone who, to these two men, did not matter.
"These two men sledgehammered their way in, found cannabis inside and said they had found it in his jacket pocket. The prosecution case is that they lied."
Ms Howell said the thuds of the door being broken down could be heard on a recorded 999 call made by Mr Thacker.
As soon as the officers were inside, Mr Thacker then switched on a small digital recording device which he managed to keep hidden in the palm of his hand, added the barrister.
She said: "The recordings are clear evidence that it wasn't taken from his pocket as they suggest."
Jurors then heard the tape recording of the police violently dragging Mr Thacker outside and screaming in pain as he banged his knee on a wall.
The prosecutor said the drugs could have belonged to Mr Thacker's as he has a previous drugs conviction, but the lies told by the police make them unreliable witnesses.
Both deny one count of 'doing acts tending or intended to pervert the course of public justice' between January 25 and March 6 last year.
The trial continues.