The judge at London's High Court has said he is "satisfied" Andrew Mitchell did use the "politically toxic word pleb" in the exchange with PC Toby Rowland at the Downing Street gates.
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen relayed Mr Justice Mitting's words from court, tweeting:
#Plebgate Judge; I am satisfied heat Mr Mitchell did say the words alleged or at least something close to them....
#Plebgate Judge; Mitchell too angry to remember what he said. PC Rowland too unimaginative to make it up. Mitchell probably said 'Pleb'
Mr Mitchell sued News Group Newspapers (NGN) over a September 2012 story in The Sun that claimed the then-chief whip had a branded police officer a "f****** bleb" for not allowing him to cycle through the Downing Street gate.
NGN based its report, which it said was substantially true, on the account given in his log by PC Toby Rowland.
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