Andrew Mitchell at court.

Andrew Mitchell at court.

On Thursday 27 November 2014, Mr Justice Mitting handed down a judgment in which, after careful analysis of the evidence, he found that “at least on balance of probabilities that Mr Mitchell did speak the words alleged or something so close to them as to amount to the same, including the politically toxic word “pleb””, according to Inforrm’s Blog.

It is noteworthy that the Judge does not conclude that Mr Mitchell lied or sought to mislead the Court. It appears that he may have concluded that Mr Mitchell had genuinely (but incorrectly) believed that he had not used the word “pleb” but that his recollection was clouded by his anger in the heat of the moment.

The judgment was delivered orally but a full transcript has now been made available on the invaluable Bailii website: Mitchell v NGN [2014] EWHC 4014 (QB).

Mr Mitchell made a statement outside court, thanking his friends and legal team and saying that he was “bitterly disappointed” but that “We now need to bring this matter to a close and to move on with our lives.” He has not made any public statement accepting the Judge’s conclusions or apologising to PC Toby Rowland.

Read the rest on Inforrm’s Blog.

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