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Alleged Mardi Gras assaults linked
A police officer at the centre of the now-infamous Jamie Jackson Mardi Gras incident was also a key participant in the alleged mistreatment of another gay man on Oxford St on the same night.
CCTV footage taken from the Colombian Hotel at around 11:28pm on the night of Saturday March 2, the night of the 2013 Mardi Gras parade, shows police officer Goya Hedayat, badge identification number Fairfield LAC 266, involved in the detainment and arrest of 32-year old gay activist Bryn Hutchinson, who suffered bruises and contusions during the arrest and was charged with assaulting police.
The Colombian CCTV footage was shown at Hutchinson’s court hearing at Downing Centre Local Court last Wednesday, where it was revealed that Hedayat was the officer to place handcuffs on Hutchinson, and was also named as one of the officers who lifted Hutchinson up from the ground.
Amateur footage of a separate incident, taken on the corners of Riley and Burton Sts between 11 and 11:30pm the same night, shows the same police officer throwing a handcuffed 18-year old man, Jamie Jackson, to the ground. The footage went viral shortly after it surfaced online in March and triggered an outcry from the LGBTI community and the wider public into the conduct of police officers at Mardi Gras and other LGBTI events. The Jackson incident was not mentioned in Hutchinson’s court hearing.
Hutchinson, who first came forward on his incident back in March, told the Star Observer at the time that he was “grabbed from behind by several officers and thrown down on [his] back” after trying to cross Oxford Street after being verbally warned off by an officer, before being flipped over and kicked several times.
“They put their weight on me and made it difficult to breathe. When I told them I couldn’t breathe properly one of the officers said ‘if you can talk, you can breathe,’” Hutchinson said at the time.
Police allege Hutchinson deliberately wedged his leg in between the legs of a police officer during his detainment.
Both Jackson and Hutchinson were charged with assaulting police at the time. Both men have always claimed their innocence.
Magistrate Eve Wynhausen adjourned the hearing until November 27 after police prosecutors requested at least a six-week delay to receive a transcript before cross-examining Hutchinson and other witnesses.
At the opening of a new cell complex at Surry Hills Police station on Friday, August 16, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told the Star Observer that police took complaints from the public against other officers seriously.
“Some of these matters are before the court so we’re not going to in any way contaminate or interfere in that process. We would by and large wait till we get a court outcome before we deal with it. If the complaint has been lodged, if the matter has been brought to our attention – and these have – you can be assured that we will bring them to finality,” Scipione said.
“We never leave these matters without being dealt with on the basis that there is an obligation that we have in law to follow this through, you can be assured.”
INFO: Watch the Jamie Jackson footage below. Fairfield LAC 266’s badge identification can be seen at 2:40.
Serkan Ozturk & Alex McKinnon