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Salient. Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 25. October 4, 1976

Case no. 2

Case no. 2

On Saturday 3 July A. and some of his friends were drinking in the Speak Easy bar of the Regent Tavern in Manners Street.

At 10.15 pm A. and a friend J. left the tavern together. They were fairly hungry, so they walked across the road to the Hungry Horse hamburger bar. There was quite a large crowd of people buying themselves food, so J, decided to walk back over to the other side of the road. He ambled out onto the road not noticing the car approaching from his left. The car had to swerve to avoid him. It pulled up about 10 yards in front of him.

A policeman and a plain clothes detective got out of the car and came back to question J. The policeman, a sargent, went up to J. and grabbed d him around the neck. He then hauled him up the street to the police car.

A, who had been waiting for a hamburger at the e Hungry Horse, looked around to find J. being pushed into the unmarked police car. He ran over to the car and asked the detective what was going on. The detective told him to go away. He persisted in his questions. The detective got out of the car, grabbed A. and threw him into the front seat of the car besides another occupant, a police woman.

A. was then beaten around the face by the detective, suffering brusing and a split lip. He was consequently charged with disorderly behaviour, as was J.