Hampshire Police Told by Judge They Carried Out Unlawful Arrest on F4J Founder

Matt O’Connor Founder Fathers4Justice

Fathers4Justice Founder Matt O’Connor won his Criminal Appeal Case Hearing yesterday, 7th December 2017, after a 3 year legal battle.

Judge Fraser at Guildford Crown Court, who did not even need to hear from defence witnesses, ruled that there was no case to answer over the alleged Section 5 Public Order Act 1986 offence.

The Judge also found that Matt’s arrest, carried out by Hampshire Police Constable Peter Robinson 3700 in September 2014, had been unlawful.

PC Robinson’s evidence did not match what was seen and heard on the video in Court. The other prosecution witness, Pamela Bailey from King’s Somborne, gave accurate evidence that rather supported the defence. The defence also gave evidence that they believe showed an attempt by a Crown Prosecutor (CPS Wessex) at an earlier hearing to “coach” Pamela Bailey to give evidence favourable to the Prosecution.

PC Robinson is currently under investigation by Hampshire Professional Standards Department for assault given that his use of handcuffs during the incident on Stockbridge High Street on the 4th September 2014 did not comply with police guidelines. Further complaints against PC Robinson are now also being prepared following the evidence and outcome in Court yesterday.

Caroline Nokes, MP

Matt O’Connor’s arrest in September 2014 followed an incident earlier in February 2014 when Caroline Nokes MP brought a man to the O’Connors’ home, uninvited.

A physical attack on Matt O’Connor and his landlord took place but despite indubitable evidence and witnesses to the attack, which caused significant physical injury, Hampshire Police and CPS Wessex appear to have covered up the involvement of Caroline Nokes MP and they declined to prosecute the man over the attack.

Although the recording played in Court yesterday does have PC Robinson saying “She was arrested, so we didn’t do anything”, when cross-examined PC Robinson refused to identify “She” as Caroline Nokes and claimed he could not remember. The only 2 people who came to the O’Connor’s house in relation to that incident, were Caroline Nokes MP and the man she collected from London in her car.

Legal proceedings are being prepared against Hampshire Police and CPS Wessex for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution. A full update will follow.

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2 Responses to Hampshire Police Told by Judge They Carried Out Unlawful Arrest on F4J Founder

  1. Steve says:

    I hope you are going to get apologies from all those so called “friends” and “acquaintances” in Stockbridge who stabbed you in the back over this arrest. It’s at times like that you realise who your friends are. Funny how the press have not reported this victory but were quick to report the arrest. Clearly the press release at the time was also part of the police’s agenda to damage your reputation.

  2. John Caine says:

    This is a huge win and vindication for public justice. Not just for Matt and family but for all of us. It proves that Hampshire Constabulary and chums are not beyond going after innocent victims who challenge them. We should all be very alarmed and very worried about what this case exposes. If they can do it once how many other times have they got away with it. And the arrest of an MP at the scene covered up by Hampshire Constabulary….. Wow. Equity in law and all those noises.? Are we still England?

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