Police officer ‘used dog as weapon’ on murderer and called him a ‘scumbag’
A police dog was used to inflict “gratuitous” violence on five criminals to “teach them a lesson”, a jury has heard.
In one case, chunks of Lee Junior Walker’s arm were left lying on the ground.
PC Paul Jackson is alleged to have called the convicted murderer a scumbag, pressed his face in the wound and said: “Look at your arm, little s**t”.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford said Jackson viewed suspects “with contempt” and used dog Jerry “as a weapon”
Walker was savaged while a lookout for car thieves, in Wythenshawe, Manchester, in August 2015.
Preston crown court heard at first Jerry was deployed legitimately to run at Walker. But as Jackson caught up, “he punched him with sufficient force to split his lip. He allowed Jerry to bite his leg.” Walker was allegedly beaten and his legs were stamped on.
PC Paul Lockett, 37, denies aiding and abetting Jackson and misconduct in public office.
It is claimed he acted as a lookout and warned Jackson of other officers approaching.
When they arrived, Jackson, 35, yelled at Walker to “stop resisting” arrest. Mr Sandiford said on each occasion between 2015 and 2016. Jackson used Jerry “as a weapon”. In another incident, Leighton Wheatland, convicted for dangerous driving and assault, was lying down when Jerry savaged his leg.
Jackson allegedly called the arrested man a “thieving t**t” adding: “This is what burglars get”.
Mr Sandiford said: “Mr Jackson had an unhealthy interest in injuries Jerry caused and on at least two occasions took photographs of them.”
He added: “A feature is Jackson’s use of gratuitous violence…to exact punishment and teach some kind of lesson.”
The Greater Manchester force officer denies five counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The trial continues.
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