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Father of Ben Kinsella murderer sues Metropolitan Police

13:43 25 July 2012

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The father of one of Ben Kinsella’s murderers is suing the Metropolitan Police, claiming he was kicked in the face during the hunt for the teenager’s killers.

Michael Alleyne’s son, also called Michael, is one of three men serving a life sentence for the brutal stabbing of the 16-year-old brother of EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella in 2008 after a night out at Shillibeers in North Road, Holloway.

But Mr Alleyne senior, of North Road, Islington, claims he was bundled to the ground and kicked when police officers came to his house looking for his son on June 30, the day after Ben’s murder.

London Underground worker Mr Alleyne, 62, alleges that he was then kicked in the face, causing his eye to swell up and eventually close over, and had felt pain in his ankle.

He also claims he was then paraded before a TV camera and detained for more than four hours without seeing a doctor.

When Mr Alleyne was allowed to go to hospital he was found to have a sub-conjunctival haemorrhage and retinal damage to his eye and a fractured ankle. He says he needed 16 weeks off work and has since suffered nightmares.

He is now suing for an estimated £100,000 in damages. His lawyers claim the conduct of the police officers was “oppressive, humiliating, arbitrary and unconstitutional” and are demanding the payout for alleged negligence, trespass, false imprisonment and assault.

The Met denies liability and hotly disputes claims that he was kicked whilst stricken on the floor, with officers claiming that he appeared to be struggling and needed to be restrained.

They argue that he was not detained but was taken to a police station for treatment.

When Mr Alleyne took to the stand police lawyers accused him of lying to protect his murdering son and lying again in a bid for cash.

Dijen Basu, for the Met, referred to a statement Mr Alleyne made shortly after the stabbing in which he said his son had gone out on the night of the murder.

But the court heard that he later changed his statement to say he had stayed at home, an account he maintained when giving evidence at the Old Bailey trial in 2009.

Mr Basu said the claims that his son stayed in were false and showed that Mr Alleyne was prepared to lie on oath.

The trial continues.

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