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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 January 2008, 15:46 GMT
Alleged baton victim lied to jury
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A man who claims he was beaten with a baton by a police officer has admitted lying to a jury.

Constable Paul Arkins, 39, whose address was given as Newtownabbey PSNI Station, denies inflicting actual bodily harm.

Under cross-examination, the alleged victim said he had lied about being punched.

He said he made the claim up "in the heat of the moment" as he was nervous about being in the witness box.

The man, who the court heard has a lengthy criminal record with convictions for violence and assaulting police, was arrested outside a supermarket in August 2005.

He admitted being drunk, but denied suggestions he was aggressive and verbally abusive to the officers, and in particular Constable Arkins.

He made a complaint to the Police Ombudsman.

During Thursday's hearing at Belfast Crown Court, the alleged victim admitted being verbally abusive to medical staff at Whiteabbey Hospital where he was treated for a wound to his hand sustained during the arrest.

The jury heard that as well as suffering the hand wound, Mr Armstrong also sustained bruising to his cheekbone, leg and forearm.

The case continues.

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