Pc released for retrial

PUBLISHED: 12:35 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:54 06 May 2010

A FORMER police constable jailed after being found guilty of breaking a teenager s leg with a hockey stick was freed on bail after having his conviction quashed by top judges. Former Metropolitan Police officer Paul Turpin was jailed for five years at St

A FORMER police constable jailed after being found guilty of breaking a teenager's leg with a hockey stick was freed on bail after having his conviction quashed by top judges.

Former Metropolitan Police officer Paul Turpin was jailed for five years at St Albans Crown Court in November last year after being convicted of causing grievious bodily harm with intent to Thomas Hasler-Watts, then 19, during an alleged incident in Welwyn.

But Turpin, 41, of Elmside Walk, Hitchin, was freed on bail on Friday by Appeal Court judges after spending almost a year behind bars.

Lady Justice Hallett, sitting in London with Mr Justice Silber and Mr Justice Tugendhat, overturned his conviction as "unsafe".

The judge ordered a retrial of the case and directed that Turpin be rearraigned to face the charge a second time within the next two months.

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