Police officer jailed for eight months for assaulting student at London protest
PC Andrew Ott had been found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm for knocking William Horner’s tooth out in 2010
A police officer who knocked part of a man’s tooth out with his riot shield during a student protest in 2010 has been sentenced to eight months in prison.
PC Andrew Ott, 36, struck William Horner as the Royal Holloway student tried to break free from a kettled area on Parliament Square in central London.
Ott was found guilty on Tuesday of one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but cleared of perverting the course of justice.
At Southwark crown court on Wednesday, Ott sobbed in the dock as he was sentenced.
The judge Jeffrey Pegden told him he had carried out “gratuitous and unnecessary violence” and abused his power as a police officer.
He said: “This offence was committed in a sterile area, in relative darkness, when you had the victim cornered and no violence was necessary at all. An extremely serious aggravating factor is your abuse of power as a police officer.
“You hit him with a full-force blow to his face with your shield. That was wholly gratuitous, unnecessary violence, and I have considered the stress on William Horner over the last few years.”
Sobbing in the dock, bless him.