Nottinghamshire Constable Cleared of Strangling Teenager

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Nottinghamshire Constable Cleared of Strangling Teenager

A Nottinghamshire Police officer has been acquitted of charges related to the non-fatal strangulation of a 16-year-old girl who was detained in handcuffs inside a police vehicle.

Following a six-day trial at Lincoln Crown Court, a jury found Police Constable (PC) Kevin Markowski, 46, not guilty of non-fatal, intentional strangulation of a child, an offence under section 75A(1)(a) and (5) of the Serious Crime Act 2015.

The charges stemmed from an incident in Arnold, Nottingham, on August 24, 2022, when PC Markowski was accused of using excessive force while the girl was handcuffed in the back of a police vehicle. The girl had been detained for a breach of the peace after a verbal altercation with other young women.

During the trial, body-worn video (BWV) footage presented to the court showed PC Markowski, accompanied by another officer, appearing to have his hands on the girl’s neck or chest area on two occasions. The girl subsequently claimed she had been strangled. PC Markowski testified that he removed his hands after she indicated she was choking.

The charge of assault by beating was withdrawn at the start of the trial.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) conducted a four-month investigation into the incident, analyzing BWV and CCTV footage, interviewing the girl and the involved officers, and obtaining statements from several witnesses. The evidence was then submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, which decided to bring charges against PC Markowski.

IOPC Regional Director David Ford commented, “Given the seriousness of the allegation, it was right for the evidence to be tested in a public court. We respect the jury’s decision and will now be liaising with the force on the next steps.”

As the case concludes, the focus shifts to the internal review and any subsequent actions to be taken by Nottinghamshire Police.

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