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PC acquitted of assaulting a French tourist in Hoxton

A Metropolitan Police officer has been cleared of attacking a French tourist in north London prior to arresting him.

Appearing at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, PC John Caulfield, based in Hackney, was found not guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm in Hoxton Square on 27 August 2009.

He was accused of kicking and punching Charles Quichand who he had seen urinating in a bush, the court heard.

He denied the charge telling the court he had acted in self-defence.

At a previous trial in June, the jury failed to reach a verdict.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said as a matter of course, he will be subject to a misconduct review by the force's Directorate of Professional Standards.

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