Police staff fined over 'torture'

Two members of Durham Police have been fined after an assault on a prisoner in custody that "amounted to a form of torture."

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Police 'torture' victim to get compensation

Two police staff members who assaulted a prisoner by twisting and pulling his arms have been ordered to pay him compensation.

David Healer shouted in pain as he was questioned by police custody sergeant Stephen Harvey, and detention officer Michael Mount at Peterlee police station in March 2011.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has condemned the incident as 'torture'.

Both Harvey, 50, and Mount, 61, were convicted of two counts of assault at Teesside Magistrates' Court in March, and have now been told to pay Mr Healer £50 each in compensation.

Harvey was also ordered to pay £1,345 in fines and costs. Mount was told he must pay £680 for his role in the attack.

Harvey and Mount had claimed they used reasonable force to restrain Mr Healer, who refused to answer basic questions such as confirming his name.

The 48-year-old, from Seaham, was being questioned after his arrest on suspicion of breaching bail conditions and assaulting a police officer. He says he was suffering an angina attack at the time.

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