PC Alex MacFarlane racist arrest trial: day three – summing up

Today the Judge at Southwark Crown Court has been summing up the evidence in the trial of Metropolitan Police officer, PC Alex MacFarlane, who is accused of making racially aggravated threats or provocations of violence.

BBC London’s Nick Beake has been livetweeting from the courtroom. The jury has now retired to consider its verdict.

PC Alex MacFarlane trial, day three: 17 October 2012

  • Morning. I’ll be tweeting from @cSouthwark court where @metpoliceuk officer Alex MacFarlane denies racist abuse towards black suspect
  • Will give updates as and when I can. Judge expected to start summing up case shortly
  • Judge: this is a “very serious case” from the defendant, the public and the complainant’s point of view
  • Judge: Claimant had “set views about how the police behaved” from the beginning of the incident
  • Judge to jury: ask yourself if you can accept as truth what the defendant, Mr Demetrio has told you
  • Judge: Mr Demterio is of bad character, but that doesn’t answer the questions you (the jury) have to decide
  • Judge: defendant says being called a n***** left him violated and abused, really really low- like a bad dream
    • ian bishop ‏@bish1964
      @Beaking_News defendant????
  • Judge : Mr Demetrio was provoking the police in the back of the van
  • Judge: “entirely inappropriate” that fellow officer of Pc MacFarlane called suspect a “c***
  • Judge: same officer (not Pc Macfarlane) admitted on tape, “I did strangle you” to suspect who alleges abuse
  • Judge: wrong that police called “scumbag” . Judge: clearly this should never be said by a police officer
  • Judge: defendant says being called a n***** left him violated and abused, really really low- like a bad dream
    •  ian bishop ‏@bish1964
      @Beaking_News defendant????
  • @bish1964 good spot. judge did use word defendant, but has just clarified that he meant complainant
  •  @Beaking_News CLARIFICAITON: Judge: COMPLAINANT says being called a n***** left him violated & abused
  • Judge: defendant says he was repeating the N word after suspect had used it first
  • Judge: did PC’s use of N word come out of blue, or was continuation of a conversation – which wasn’t recorded
  • Judge : one officer said “calm it down” after PC used N word. Judge: at this point “tensions are raised”
  • Judge asks did PC use N word in a “horrible, abusive way” ?
  • Judge: suspect was in control of the recording that was made. Was the suspect goading officers ?
  • Judge: Pc MacFarlane had @metpoliceuk training in 2001 which told him he should never use the N word
  • Judge: background of PC – teacher training for a year, then in banking – joined Met in 1994
  • Judge: PC is of good character and has never been in trouble before.
  • Judge: you (jury) must decide what weight to place on PC ‘s good character
  • Judge: it may be reasonable for him (PC) to ask you to place considerable weight on his good character
  • Judge: not surprisingly Pc was exhausted after dealing with riots that week
  • judge: Pc was told in week of riots an eye problem was skin cancer – since been treated for that
  • Judge: lots of anti police feeling that week. Very stressful for officers. None of those officers knew what was going to happen next
  • Judge: first PC says he knew of suspect was when he heard “white c***s” being shouted from police van
  • Judge : Pc said “if I were to use the word black c*** I’d lose my job” to suspect
  • Judge: Pc says he was pointing out to suspect he cd only have 5 years to live because of his drug lifestyle – may get attacked by dealer
  • Judge: Pc denies that he made sexual reference to suspect’s mum
  • Judge: in fact PC says he did say he may have to tell suspect’s mother one day he’d been killed in drug related violence
    • Bristle KRS ‏@BristleKRS @Beaking_News
      Did Judge say that “in fact” MacFarlane said that re mum, or that “in fact” MacFarlane /claimed/ that he said that?
  • Judge: PC says suspect was the one making sexual and racist comments about officers’ families
  • Judge: Pc admits it was stupid to use he N word in the “heat of the moment”
  • Judge: pC Adamantly denies committing the offence he is accused of.
  • Judge: PC says he was repeating the N word which suspect used first
  • Judge: PC said suspect had left him with impression that he had low self esteem because he called himself a n*****
  • Judge: PC thought it was time this young make should start to take responsibility for his life – and that’s why he told him …
  • Judge: … To be proud of who he was and proud of his black skin.
  • Judge has sent jury out to consider their verdict.
    • Bristle KRS ‏@BristleKRS @Beaking_News
      Did Judge say that “in fact” MacFarlane said that re mum, or that “in fact” MacFarlane /claimed/ that he said that?
  • @BristleKRS it’s the latter – judge was summarising PC’s evidence to jury

» Day one tweets
» Day two tweets

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2 responses to “PC Alex MacFarlane racist arrest trial: day three – summing up

  1. Pingback: PC Alex MacFarlane racist arrest trial: day four – jury fails to reach a verdict | Bristle's Blog from the BunKRS

  2. MacFarlane, 53, was in the back of a police van in August last year when he said to the arrested man, Mauro Demetrio, 21: “The problem with you is that you will always be a nigger.” Demetrio recorded the comment on his mobile phone.

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