Pc who became YouTube sensation after smashing pensioner's car window with truncheon to get six-figure payout after being bullied out of jobPanel rules Pc Mike Baillon, 42, unfairly dismissed from traffic squadHe allegedly quit his job after becoming the butt of jokes
YouTube video showed CCTV of him battering car near Usk, South Wales
Another officer jumped onto bonnet of the car and kicked in the windscreen
Police disciplinary panel concluded that the officers' actions were justified
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Extreme: Pc Mike Baillon, 42, quit his job after becoming the butt of jokes from fellow officers over the CCTV of him battering the Range Rover
On camera: As the window was being smashed in, an officer was on the bonnet stamping on the windscreen
Shocked: The two officers were later cleared of misconduct after an investigation but Pc Baillon was removed from front-line duties and his colleagues often brought up the 'Whatley incident', a tribunal heard
Mr Baillon also told the tribunal in
Cardiff that his locker at work was defaced over the ‘Whatley incident’
and that he became a ‘laughing stock’.
The experienced officer finally
took sick leave for stress and wrote letters of complaint to the Gwent
Former police Superintendent James
Baker told the tribunal that he was taken off front-line duties because
Pc Baillon's mental state could have impaired his ability to respond to
Jean Norton, of Ashfords Solicitors, who represented Mr Baillon, said her client was 'relieved' at the outcome.
Legal victory: Robert Whatley won 20,000 compensation from police after officers smashed his car windows
Damage: Mr Whatley was ordered to pay 235 after being found guilty of speeding and failing to stop for police
'This matter has caused both him and his family undue stress and financial loss, and the team is delighted to have been able to help Mr Baillon, a conscientious and highly regarded police officer, win this victory.'
Mr Whatley won a 20,750 payout from
the police over the damage caused to his Range Rover and also received 45,000 is costs.
He was later
ordered to pay 235 after being found guilty of speeding and failing to
stop for police.
Speaking at the time of the incident, the pensioner said: 'You would have thought I had robbed a bank.
'It's something you might expect in America but not in the quiet of the British countryside.'
VIDEO Police officers filmed smashing up pensioner's car in 2009
British police officers filmed smashing up pensioner's car
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