Man Broke Chiswick Police Officer's Finger During Struggle

Ordered to pay him £100 compensation after resisting search

A 26-year-old man from Uxbridge has been ordered to pay £100 to a Chiswick based police officer after breaking his finger.

Akaash Panday was approached by the officer accompanied by a colleague on 18 December last year when they saw him smoking cannabis in a street in the West End.

They detained him under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act in order to search him. Panday said that he did not give the officers permission to search him but was informed that this was not required. He responded by repeatedly putting his hands in his pockets which he was instructed not to do.

The officers attempted to restrain his arm and Panday began to resist officers who called for more units to come to their assistance.

Following a protracted struggle, the officers eventually managed to detain Panday on his back on the ground and handcuff him. However, during the struggle the 32-year-old officer sustained a broken finger.

Panday was arrested and searched leading to the discovery of a cannabis grinder containing cannabis. A small plastic canister was found also on the floor which Panday had attempted to kick away. This caused the canister to open and a lump of cannabis resin fell out.

Panday of Point West, UB4 has been sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to a 12-month community order and a three-week curfew between 10pm and 6pm.

He has also been ordered to pay £100 compensation to the injured officer.

He had pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and obstructing/resisting a constable in execution of their duty on Friday, 5 July at the same court.

He was further arrested for possession of cannabis, no further action was taken in relation to this matter.

During his interview with detectives, he apologised for his earlier behaviour.

Detective Constable Nigel Pacquette, who led the investigation said: “Panday obstructed officers going about their lawful duty at every opportunity. Not only did Panday obstruct officers, he was physically aggressive toward officers resulting in Panday breaking an officer’s finger. This is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

August 1, 2020