Plaistow Police officer named following GBH accusations

Paul Summerson, 43, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court. Picture: Met Police

A Newham officer accused of GBH following an incident in Haringey has lost a legal bid to remain anonymous - Credit: Archant

A Newham police officer accused of GBH has lost a legal bid to keep his name out of the public domain.

Metropolitan Police officer Imran Mahmood, 35, of Plaistow, can be named after submissions from media organisations including the PA news agency.

He has been charged in relation to a tasering incident involving Jordan Walker-Brown, who fell from a wall while being pursued by police in May 2020. 

The incident - which happened on Burgoyne Road in Harringay, near Finsbury Park - left the 25-year-old paralysed from the waist down.

Mahmood had sought anonymity from Westminster Magistrates’ Court on the basis that he was concerned about now-wheelchair-bound Jordan Walker-Brown’s alleged links to criminal gangs.

But Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring dismissed his application, describing the risk as “speculative”, and saying there was “insufficient evidence of real and imminent threat to life”.

His judgment added: “It is a quantum leap from the fact that it can happen, to cogent evidence that such an imminent threat exists in this case, otherwise every case with a link to gangs would merit an anonymity order, not even the applicant seeks to persuade the court that that is a correct approach to such applications.

“The defendant is in the relatively unusual position of being a police officer accused of a crime against a member of the community, the risk of repercussions does not appear to be substantially different from those which frequently arise in the context of serious crime, particularly inter-gang crime, if indeed that is relevant here."

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Mr Goldspring added that anonymity was not justified as police "habitually manage" such risks in the community by "a variety of measures, which may well be appropriate in the present case". 

Mahmood previously appeared in court by video link and was known by the ciphers BX140 and IM while the judge heard submissions from his legal team and the media over his anonymity bid.

Mahmood pleaded not guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm during his last court appearance on  Thursday (April 28).

He was released on bail until his next appearance at Southwark Crown Court on May 26.

Police said any potential misconduct matters would be considered pending the outcome of the court proceedings.