Sacked: Policeman who assaulted Westfield Stratford City seller in drunken attack
PUBLISHED: 19:00 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:14 15 November 2018
A police officer who assaulted a seller after trying to steal a pair of £200 headphones while drunk has been sacked.
Special Police Sergeant Moynul Alom also pulled out his warrant card when the seller accused him of robbery during the incident at Westfield Stratford City.
Today at a disciplinary hearing he was found guilty of gross misconduct and dismissed without notice.
The panel heard he initially tried to offer the seller £50 for the headphones before trying to grab it three times saying he wanted to ‘inspect it’ on May 21 this year.
CCTV footage showed SPS Alom with a friend and the vendor, where the officer “struck or slapped” the man on the face with his right hand, according to panel chair Siobhan Goodrich.
When the seller accused him of robbery Alom pulled out his warrant card so he would ‘go away’.
The panel accepted that SPS Alom pulled out his badge during the incident ‘without a proper policing purpose’ which was ‘for the purpose of his own self interest’.
When interviewed, SPS Alom denied using violence and maintained he only pulled at the bag once as he suspected the seller was running a scam.
While intoxication may have impaired his account of events, the panel concluded he knew the severity of his actions and knowingly provided partial testimony.
They found he had breached the Met’s standards of professional behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity; authority, respect and courtesy; use of force; and discreditable conduct.
PS Kamran Qureshi, the Police Federation representative acting for SPS Alom, said the incident “was a one-off” which did not reflect the former officer’s years of community, volunteering and mentoring work.
But the chair maintained his sacking was necessary to ensure public confidence in the police.
Neither SPS Alom nor the victim attended the two-day hearing.