A POLICEMAN who was involved in the arrest of a man in Porthmadog which was shared widely on social media has denied strangling and assaulting him.

Richard Williams, 42, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and non-fatal strangulation at Caernarfon Crown Court today (February 12).

Williams, who has been suspended by North Wales Police, will now stand trial for four days from Monday, September 16.


Police officer charged with assault after viral Porthmadog incident

Suspended police officer in court following viral Porthmadog incident

He is accused of assaulting and strangling Steven Clark while attempting to arrest him in Pensyflog, Porthmadog on May 10, 2023, in the garden of a property.

At about 11am on May 10, two officers were sent to a reported disturbance at an address in the town.

Then, at roughly 11.50am, the officers located a man in the garden of a nearby house and arrested him.

While enroute to the police station, it was noticed that the man appeared to be unwell and was given first aid.

He was then taken by ambulance to hospital and was later released back into police custody.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct has examined police body-worn video and phone footage of the incident, taken witness statements including from the injured man, and located relevant CCTV footage.