Officer sacked after admitting ‘unprovoked assault’

A serving officer who was given a conditional caution for assault has been sacked by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Apr 15, 2024
By Paul Jacques

PC Muhammed Moosa was dismissed without notice after an accelerated misconduct hearing last week.

He was given a conditional caution in July 2023 for an incident in which he assaulted a man in the kitchen of a mosque by grabbing him by the neck following a disagreement on WhatsApp.

PC Moosa was not on duty at the time.

Chief Constable Stephen Watson, who presided over the disciplinary hearing, said the behaviour was “incompatible” with the role of a police officer and that PC Moosa had shown no “self-control or tolerance” towards a member of the public.

The hearing was told the officer’s actions had been “out of character”.

PC Moosa, who worked in GMP’s Bolton district and had been on restricted duties since March 2023, accepted his behaviour amounted to gross misconduct.

Mr Watson said: “Culpability in this case is high and the officer’s actions deliberate, unforced and unlawful.

“PC Moosa deliberately sought out the victim, forcing an altercation resulting in an unprovoked assault.

“The assault was clearly out of character and to his credit, PC Moosa admitted the offence, and his regret and remorse is genuine.

“However, the purpose of these proceedings is to preserve public confidence in the police service and police officers can’t commit criminal offences.”

PC Moosa’s name will also be added to the College of Policing Barred List.

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