Officer accused of hitting Brighton woman to face trial

Posted On 16 Nov 2009 at 11:26 pm

The police officer accused of hitting a Brighton woman with his baton has been told he will be tried for assault next March.

Sgt Delroy Smellie, 47, is accused of striking Nicola Fisher, 35, who was attending a vigil in London on Thursday 2 April.

The vigil was for Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died the previous day while protests were taking place during the G20 summit of world leaders.

Smellie, a member of the Metropolitan Police’s Territorial Support Group, denied the assault charge when he appeared at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

Unusually for a defendant, no home address was given for Smellie, who is based at the police station in Larkhall Lane, Clapham.

In footage which was widely seen after being uploaded to YouTube, he appears to hit Ms Fisher on the legs.

He was given bail without conditions until his trial which is due to start on Monday 22 March and last four days.

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