Cop accused of kicking banker in face and trying to frame him after Brick Lane chase
PUBLISHED: 13:09 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:29 16 May 2013
A police officer falsely accused an innocent banker of assaulting him in Brick Lane in a “shameful” bid to frame him, a court heard.
PC Jason Cooke, 42, claimed Anthony Jordine had pushed him into a shop window, causing it to break.
But it was Cooke who had dived at Mr Jordine, 29, performing a “flying rugby tackle” on him, said prosecutor Simon Connolly.
Moments later, Mr Jordine, 29, a bank team leader, was forced to the ground and repeatedly booted in the face in nearby Chiltern Street, Southwark Crown Court heard.
The banker was in a “jolly” mood when approached by police in Brick Lane, who radioed Cooke and PC Bob Golding - who were in a nearby bagel shop - late on February 26 last year.
The pair then allegedly chased Mr Jordine down Brick Lane into Bethnal Green Road and Chiltern Street.
“Mr Jordine was an innocent member of the public minding his own business”, Mr Connolly said.
“The defendant, rather shamefully, decided to fit him up. He pretended that Mr Jordine assaulted him in the street, pushing him against a shop window and causing the window to break.
“Mr Jordine says he never assaulted the officer. Actually, it was he that was assaulted.”
Mr Jordine was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer and criminal damage, jurors heard. He said he felt “intimidated and scared” by the incident.
Cooke claimed Mr Jordine told him “f**k you” and ran off, adding: “I lunged for him and caught hold of his wrist.
“The subject twisted out of my grip and pushed me off balance, causing me to fall and slam into a door window.”
Cooke, from Colchester, denies doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of justice.
The trial continues.