Brighton officer to face disciplinary hearing over seafront crash

Posted On 28 Jun 2019 at 2:00 pm

by Andy Broomfield

A former Brighton police officer is to face a disciplinary hearing for knocking down a pedestrian while en route to a seafront brawl.

PC Russell Kyle admitted careless driving when he appeared at Hove Crown Court in January and was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

He told the court he thought he had been responding to a terror attack after reports of an axe being brandished by the i360 on 19 September last year.

He went through a red light on a pedestrian crossing, knocking over tourist Gary Paterson, 59, and breaking three of his ribs.

In March, Abdul Alim, 33, of Kingswood Street, Brighton, was jailed for more than two years for his part in the brawl, as well as two drugs charges.

Another defendant, Michele Manganaro, was convicted earlier this year but then fled the country and is now believed to be in France.

PC Kyle has now resigned, but is still facing a disciplinary hearing on 1 July at Sussex Police Headquarters.

The hearing will hear allegations that his conduct amounts
to a breach of Standards of Professional Behaviour in that his driving fell short of the standard required of Sussex Police response driver.

It’s said he performed an “offside” manoeuvre whilst negotiating a set of
pedestrian traffic lights when it was unsafe to do so and that he failed to treat the set of pedestrian lights as a stop and give way sign but instead went through it and hit a member of the public who was
crossing the road.

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