Queens Guardsman grabbed a police officer round the throat while another soldier

first_imgMr Ahmaz said White had been a Guardsman for two years, while Holland had been one for just 13 months, a “position he sought since childhood.”Sentencing McLaughlin to an 18-month community order and 120 hours unpaid work, Magistrate Christina Townsend said: “We are going to impose a blanket penalty which will include all three offences before us.”If the offence before us had not been racially aggravated, then the number of hours would have been 100.”You will also pay compensation to each of the officers to the value of £100.”Sentencing White to an 18-month community order, Ms Townsend said: “You assaulted a police officer in the execution of his duty, which is serious enough for a community order.”Holland was given a £323 fine for obstructing a police officer, a £107 fine for being drunk and disorderly and order to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.White was also ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £150 compensation to PC Kouda, as well as £85 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.McLaughlin must also attend a 15-day rehabilitation requirement activity and pay £100 compensation to the two police officers, £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.He was handed a 12-month community order in October at the same court after he admitted theft.McLaughlin and two other guardsmen had convinced Matthew Massey to lend them his bank card and reveal his PIN number so they could nip out of Wellington Barracks.The trio then got a cab to Sophisticats and ran up a £4,656.10 bill as they spent hours boozing and admiring scantily-clad dancers at the gentleman’s club in Marylebone Lane.McLaughlin told his sergeant major he could not remember what happened but later claimed to be “disgusted” when he was shown CCTV footage from the night.  When PC Andrew Fletcher tried to speak to the soldiers moments later McLaughlin called him an “American —” and began squaring up to him while White tried to hold him back.PC Fletcher said in a statement: “He continued to call me a —- and said he would take me down if I tried to do anything, he then said he would destroy me.””He said that I was a skinny white —-, said he would “drop me” and spat at me.”When his colleague tried to intervene, White got PC Owura Kodua in a choke hold.It took both officers to arrest White and restrain him while he kicked out and spat at them.Jersey-born McLaughlin then called PC Kodua a “black —-” while he was being handcuffed.When Holland was arrested he screamed “All for one and one for all”.All three soldiers were based at Wellington Barracks, just 300 yards from Buckingham Palace, but McLaughlin has since terminated his service, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.McLaughlin was spared jail in October for spending £4,500 binging on champagne and buying private dances at a strip club with another soldier’s debit card. PC Kodua said in a statement read to the court: “I’ve been assaulted during my seven years as a police officer, but this incident was the worst and the most frightening.”Being grabbed around the throat whilst I am trying to do my job is not something you should be subjected to – I couldn’t breath​e​ and had I not broken free it would have caused injury to my neck.”I was then subject to racist abuse.”PC Fletcher said: “I have been a police officer for seven years, I’ve got a good working relationship with the community including the Wellington Barracks and I have never been subjected to such hateful abuse before.”This is making me think extremely hard about patrolling Leicester Square – I’ve never been targeted with such conviction as Mr McLoughlin showed.”No one should be subjected to this sort of behaviour regardless of their skin colour or nationality.”Holland admitted being drunk and disorderly and obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.White admitted assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty.McLaughlin admitted two counts of racially aggravated harassment. Thomas McLaughlin Credit:Central  Thomas McLaughlin  Tom McLaughlin and Oliver White Credit:Central  Tom McLaughlin and Oliver White  John Greany, defending McLaughlin, said: “He was with two young friends, out on the town, drinking too much away from his military barracks and it all gets out of hand.”Mr McLaughlin himself was trying to calm others down, but obviously he disgraces himself thereafter.”He is deeply ashamed of what he has done and he said as much in his interview.”McLaughlin has a previous conviction for assault as a 15-year-old as well as the recent theft matter.Mr Greany added that McLaughlin had since left the Army, was looking for work while living with his father in Jersey and now intends to reapply to serve in two years.Amiz Ahmaz, representing both White and Holland, said: “It is clear that, had it not been for the behaviour of Mr McLaughlin, Mr White and Mr Holland would not necessarily have been involved.”Mr McLaughlin was the main player in the abuse.”It is also clear Mr White was initially the peace maker. He tried to steer Mr McLaughlin from trouble.”But Mr White does accept he put PC Kodua in a headlock. His understanding of what was going is that Mr McLaughlin was on the floor with his face in a puddle.”Mr Holland accepts verbally abusing people and shouting expletives, but he was not really part of what was going on.”He actually walks away, but comes back some 20 minutes later because he has friends who are still in the club. He is refused entry and it is at that point he is arrested.” I have never been subjected to such hateful abuse beforePc Fletcher A Queen’s Guardsman gabbed a police officer around the throat while another soldier shouted racist abuse at him after they were kicked out of a nightclub, a court heard.Oliver White, 21, put PC Owura Kodua in a choke-hold, while Thomas McLaughlin, also 21, shouted “black —-” at the officer, Westminster Magistrates Court heard. McLaughlin and White, along with 19-year-old Paul Holland were all serving for the elite regiment at Wellington Barracks when they were kicked out of Zoo Bar in Leicester Square.They were ejected for hurling abuse at a group of American tourists and insulting the US Army, prompting door staff to call the police on August 2. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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