This week 30 years ago: Suspect ‘brutally beaten by policeman’ in Islington Green

Islington Gazette: August 28, 1987

Islington Gazette: August 28, 1987 - Credit: Archant

A police suspect told an Old Bailey jury he was brutally beaten by a truncheon-wielding cop.

Micheal O’Farrell, 32, fled a fight in Upper Street’s Shakespeare pub, but was hauled into a police van parked in Islington Green.

O’Farrell claimed he was victim of a “vicious” assault, with a broken nose, broken teeth and cuts and bruises to his face and arms.

Prosecutor Geoffrey Carey said the policeman told an outraged female passer-by: “Shut up, you slag, I’ll get you next.”

The Pc, based at Holloway police station, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.


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Meanwhile, Islington councillors waged war on greedy property developers.

Labour and Social Democratic Party members put aside their differences to unite and change planning policies to clamp down on cut-price house conversions.

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Houses were being turned into flats, driving regular families out of the borough.

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