Michael Ianbow (57), who was caught inside the Millennium Dome diamond exhibit armed with a sledgehammer, is demanding £100,000 from the Metropolitan Police for 'assault and trespass to his person'. He alleges that a police officer struck him with a sub-machine gun as he was lying on the ground, handcuffed, after his arrest.
Ianbow, a man with a long history of violence, claims that he suffered a fractured left cheekbone, which required surgery, and he suffers from permanent numbness of the cheek and nightmares. An official police photograph, taken within an hour of his arrest, shows him with a black eye but no other facial injuries.
The legal aid authorities have granted him thousands of pounds of taxpayers' cash to fund his High Court action for damages. The officers who were involved in arresting him both required treatment for injuries received while disarming and subduing Ianbow, and two red-top tabloids are encouraging them to take a shot back at Ianbow, funded by one or other of the tabloids, if the courts take his claims seriously.
A career criminal and a member of a notorious family of East-London based drug traffickers, Ianbow was convicted of conspiracy to rob in February 2002 and received an 18-year sentence, which was cut to 15 years on appeal in January 2004.
filed by Smight Aufrank [firstname.lastname@example.org]