A father-of-three who was assaulted and wrongly locked up by police after he was stopped for “driving too slowly” has won a four-year legal fight for compensation.
Andrew Sinclair, 47, was thrown into a police cell and suffered broken fingers after he was pulled over driving away from Manchester Airport in March 2009.
Mr Sinclair was initially stopped for driving too slowly as he waited for his partner Michelle Saddoo, 40, to catch up in a following car as he collected his son from the airport.
But as he explained to the motorcycle officer, around half-a-dozen officers from a nearby Tactical Aid Unit called to manage an immigration protest, pushed the mechanic to the ground in front of his partner and their young children, before hauling him into a police cell.
Officers claimed he had been arrested for a breach of the peace, but a jury at Manchester County Court found there was no justification for his three-hour detention, and that he was assaulted and falsely imprisoned.
Mr Sinclair, from Heaton Mersey, Stockport, has seen his three-year-old daughter Aliyah suffer “nightmares” and “screaming fits” every time she sees a police officer.
He said: “I’m just a normal person and for four years this has always been at the back of my mind and caused me a lot of stress but it was something I didn’t want to just let go, because they abused their power and like anyone else the police need to be held to account.”
His partner Ms Saddoo added: “We were just a normal, everyday family going about our normal, everyday business and there was no reason whatsoever for them to behave in the way they did.
“It’s affected us all deeply; my daughter in particular had nightmares and would have screaming fits every time she saw a police officer.
“It took a lot of courage to take on Greater Manchester Police (GMP) but we knew that what happened was wrong and as citizens we shouldn’t have to accept that.”
She said the family felt “vindicated” by the ruling, following a seven-day trial.
A GMP spokesman said: “The Force fully respects the decision reached by the court and Mr Sinclair has been compensated accordingly.”
Mr Sinclair had been collecting his son, Reis, 23, and his Honda Civic, as he was unable to drive himself home after suffering a broken wrist, collarbone and head injuries in a motoring accident while on holiday in Dubai.
Ms Saddoo went to the airport with Mr Sinclair and had planned to follow him home in the couple’s car with their two young children Aliyah and four-month-old Tayo in the back seat.
The amount of compensation was not disclosed. The jury did not find the officers guilty of intentionally breaking Mr Sinclair’s fingers.
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