A homeowner facing repossession was cleared of affray after a judge told a jury that he had every right to defend his home against two policemen who entered illegally, punched and Tasered him.
Robert White, 62, barricaded himself inside his home in Sheerness, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, when officers, bailiffs and a locksmith arrived with a county court warrant for eviction.
Officers said that he was aggressive and swinging a 2ft long wooden club — claims Mr White denied.
Judge David Griffith-Jones QC found police had entered the defendant’s home unlawfully on February 5, 2019, and Sergeant Russell Balment was essentially a ‘trespasser and unwelcome intruder’.
He told the jury at Maidstone Crown Court it didn’t matter the sergeant was a police officer and the defendant was entitled to remove him with reasonable force.
Robert White, 62, outside Maidstone Crown Court. He represented himself and was cleared of affray
The court was told that after Mr White did not answer the…