IPCC upholds police complaint from wrongly-convicted taxi driver

IPCC upholds police complaint from wrongly-convicted taxi driver

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IPCC upholds police complaint from wrongly-convicted taxi driver
Davinder Sandhu

A pair of police officers look set to face misconduct meetings after an independent body ruled a wrongly-convicted taxi driver had been treated unfairly following his arrest.

It comes after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) upheld a complaint from Maidenhead resident Davinder Sandu about the conduct of the officer in the investigation of an alleged assault in September 2010.

In June 2011, the father-of-three was convicted and fined for common assault of a woman outside Fredrick's Hotel in Shoppenhangers Road, but was found not guilty on appeal at Reading Crown Court two months later after a judge found there was a lack of evidence to suggest an assault had occurred.

Thames Valley Police judged the officers involved in the investigation had no case to answer but a review by the IPCC has ruled the pair should face a misconduct hearing after considering 'fundamental errors' and the 'devastating impact' on Mr Sandhu.

The IPCC report rejected any accusation of oppressive conduct or harassment from the officers, but casework manager Ian Downey said he was not satisfied enough information had been obtained for Mr Sandhu to be arrested on September 15, 2010.

He added he believed neither officer had considered Mr Sandhu might answer questions voluntarily as an alternative to arrest.

It was also ruled that some information submitted by the officers for the case was 'inaccurate' and 'not a full reflection of the facts'.

The report also called for a third officer to face management action for his role in Mr Sandhu's detention.

A spokeswoman for TVP said: "We have received the decision of the IPCC regarding an appeal made by Mr Sandhu. The recommendations made by the IPCC will now be reviewed."

Mr Sandhu said he is 'very happy' with the report but the fight is not over for the 49-year-old, who is still battling to get his taxi drivers' licence reinstated and to get back in to work.

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