A Nottinghamshire Police detention officer has been given an 18-month conditional discharge after being found guilty of assaulting a man in custody.
David Flint, 47, was found guilty of assault against a handcuffed male prisoner in the custody suite at Mansfield police station on November 4, 2015.
Magistrates were told Flint had remembered the same prisoner spitting at him during a separate period of detention on a previous date, motivating him to commit the crime.
Flint denied common assault, claiming to have used reasonable force in circumstances fearing a repeat incident.
His defence was not accepted by Nottingham Magistrates’ Court which ruled that Flint’s behaviour was unjustified.
Flint was ordered to pay £620 costs, has been suspended from duty and will be the subject of an internal disciplinary process.