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Two assaulted men to receive £100k injury payout from police force

Posted in: Criminal Injury and Assault Personal Injury Public Place Accidents 

Two men are suing Dorset Police for more than £100,000 after they were unnecessarily pepper-sprayed after a night out in Weymouth. The two brothers-in-law, John Naylor and Darren Corbridge, are to receive five-figure sums each, and the police have agreed to pay legal costs of around £90,000 following the incident in August 2010.

The incident occurred when the men had been celebrating the stag night of future groom Stewart Roberts. While they waited in the taxi queue, arguments broke out, causing the police to intervene. CCTV footage showed one officer using a stun gun on Mr Corbridge, which left him convulsing on the ground. Mr Naylor is also seen being tasered in the leg, and both men were pepper-sprayed.

“Tasers are supposed to be used in life-threatening situations”

The lawyer acting on behalf of the two men, Sophie Khan, described the use of Taser as “inappropriate”. She said: “There were officers already there. If they thought they had done something wrong they should have restrained them and taken them into custody. Tasers are supposed to be used in life-threatening situations.

Mr Naylor and Mr Corbridge sued the police force for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, personal injury, assault and excessive battery, excessive use of force and reputation damage. The case was settled out of court.

The settlement came after Theresa May’s decision to analyse the safety of Tasers after the 10,062 reported uses in 2014 alone.

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