A doorman claims a policeman bit his finger, after a 14 hour booze-fuelled bender turned violent.
Pictures show a bloody injury, which the victim claims was sustained when disgraced Holland-Lumsdale saw red in December 2018.
The officer was later convicted of assault at Teesside Magistrates’ Court and fined £383. After unsuccessfully appealing, he quit Northumbria Police.
Last month, he was banned from ever joining the police again following a misconduct hearing at Middle Engine Lane station.
Speaking from his South Tyneside home, Holland-Lumsdale still maintains his innocence. He calmly told ChronicleLive: “I will deny it until the day I die.”
However his victim claims Holland-Lumsdale tried to use his job to curry favour with the cops who came to investigate, and even uttered the phrase ‘do you know who I am’.
“He was a worky ticket – the more drunk he got, the worse he was,” recalled the doorman, who asked to remain anonymous.
“He had been on the drink since noon, and had been drinking that day for 14 hours and he was pretty inebriated,” he claimed.
“He was removed from the casino for his behaviour, as he had become aggressive and swearing at people. He was told to calm down but he didn’t so the manager told him to leave.”
Five minutes later, brandishing his membership card, he claims that Holland-Lumsdale re-entered. Once again, he was ordered to leave – but the PC wasn’t having it.
“He decided he wanted another drink, but I told him he wasn’t – so he told me to ‘get my f***** hands off me,” alleged the doorman.
“I said you need to go, you’ve been asked to leave twice and he then said ‘Do you know who I am’?” I told them he had to go and that if he didn’t I was paid to make him go.”
Unwilling to budge, the doorman claims to have pushed the officer towards the exit. Once the pair were outside, the doorman claims: “He got angrier and angrier and angrier, and I mean to the point where he was raging – it was like he was possessed.”
However, the doorman knew CCTV was recording every second of the incident. As the fracas continued, he claimed Holland-Lumsdale took a swing – missed – and was pinned to the floor.
Telling him to go home, he released the officer – only for things to take a dramatic turn for the worse.
“I pinned him to the floor again, but this time he latched onto my thumb and it felt like he tried to bite my thumb off – the pain was excruciating,” added the doorman, who gave one punch to shake him off.
“It broke his beak, split his eye and he banged the back of his head. But that was it, he let go.”
As he held the officer down, police were called to the St James’ Boulevard casino. When officers arrived, the victim claims Holland-Lumsdale burst into tears claiming he’d been attacked – however, after checking the footage, he was the one placed in handcuffs.
What followed was over two years of court hearings, trials and appeals. The victim claims that he spent over four hours being cross examined by a barrister.
“His defence tried all sorts, claiming that he didn’t bite me and that I’d put my finger in his mouth – what planet do they live on?!” claimed the doorman.
“Did I move his jaw up and down too until it cut my thumb?!”
The case lasted for over two years, largely due to an appeal lodged by Holland-Lumsdale which dismissed in March.
He was ordered to pay a further £620 in costs.
“He pleaded innocence all the way through but you couldn’t take away the fact that you see him attack me – I pin him to the floor, get off him and turn away as I didn’t see him as a threat as he was 5ft5 and I’m 6ft1,” claimed the victim.
“I’ve dealt with some pretty scary characters in Newcastle, and I didn’t see him as scary – but when I got off me but that’s when he jumped on my back and started punching my head and that’s when it started.”
It ended last month, when a misconduct hearing found that 35-year-old former PC – who had had already quit after his appeal failed – would have been sacked anyway after a panel ruled he’d committed gross misconduct.
The ruling means Holland-Lumsdale, who had only joined the force in August 2017, is now on the Police Barred list – permanently ending the student officer’s police dream.
Detective Superintendent Steve Ammari, Head of Professional Standards at Northumbria Police, said: “We always expect officers and staff to maintain the highest standards at all times and if anyone is found to have fallen below these we are committed to taking appropriate action.
“On June 24, the panel of a misconduct hearing chaired by the Chief Constable concluded that former student officer Christopher Holland-Lumsdale – who resigned from the Force in March this year – breached the standards of professional behaviour.
“The panel determined that, had he been a serving officer, he would have been dismissed without notice. We have also ensured he cannot re-join the police service ever again by placing the officer on the Police Barred List.
“We want to make it clear that his behaviour was completely unacceptable. In doing so, we want to reassure the public that his actions are in no way representative of our officers and staff who display the highest levels of professionalism and commitment to the communities we are proud to serve.”
When approached for his side of the story, Holland-Lumsdale accused the victim of having an agenda against the police and claims the case against him was built on falsehoods.
He admitted he was “devastated” to lose his career, adding: “This has gone on for over two years and all for something that I didn’t to.
“I just want to move on with my life.”
However the victim, who no longer works on the doors, dismissed the suggestion he had an issue with police. Instead, he claims, his only issue was with the thug who attacked him.
“I asked him to leave and he wouldn’t, it was a lawful ejection, there was nothing unpleasant about it” he added.
“It was just him being annoyed that he was chucked out of the casino, and how dare he be manhandled as a serving police officer.
“He just had the attitude of ‘I’m a policeman so you can’t touch me’.”
Source – Chronicle Live