Aug 17 2012 By court reporter
TWO police officers appeared in court on Wednesday accused of kidnapping a man and burgling his home.
In a rare private prosecution of the Metropolitan Police, Michael Doherty claims that Sergeant Gareth Blackburn, 38, and Detective Constable Stephen MacDonald, 42, unlawfully entered his home in Mill Road, West Drayton.
They are accused of forcibly removing him and burgling his home when they went to arrest him on September 4, 2008.
The officers allegedly threatened to smash in a glass panelled door, and used a battering ram to threaten violence, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.
Mr Doherty, a 40-year-old former aircraft engineer, had previously complained to the police about an alleged crime, which eventually led to his arrest.
He was later cleared of two charges of harassment.
Mr Doherty, who was prosecuting the case, made an application to the court that both men should only be given conditional bail, for fear they would fail to surrender.
Heather Oliver, defending said: "In relation to the likelihood that these officers would fail to surrender, Detective Constable MacDonald has worked for the Metropolitan police for 24 years, and Sergeant Blackburn has done for 13 years.
"Both have impeccable disciplinary records. They remain on full duty at Uxbridge police station.
Taking the view that neither man posed a risk of absconding, District Judge John Zani granted them unconditional bail. They are due to next appear at Southwark Crown Court on October 19.
Mr Blackburn and Mr MacDonald, who both gave their addresses as c/o Uxbridge police station, Warwick Place, face charges of affray, burglary, aggravated burglary, misconduct in public office, kidnap and false imprisonment.