Drug Dealer Went Berserk in Wandsworth Police Station

Junior Palmer jailed for assaulting officer

55-year-old Junior Palmer jailed for assault
55-year-old Junior Palmer jailed for assault

A 55-year-old drug dealer from Croydon has been jailed for eleven years after attacking officers in Wandsworth Police Station.

Junior Palmer, of Whitestone Way was driving along Garratt Lane, SW18, in a silver Mercedes when he was stopped by police for speeding at 12.30am in March.

According to the police, he appeared nervous and couldn’t provide details of his movements, so officers carried out a drugs search and discovered crack cocaine, cocaine and cannabis

Palmer was stopped again by police on Sunday, 30 July. During a search, officers believed Palmer was concealing items in his clothing and he was taken to Wandsworth police station for further investigation; police again found crack cocaine, cocaine and cannabis.

At the station, he became very angry when his watch was removed, prior to him being taken to his cell. When his handcuffs were taken off in the cell, he became aggressive and started swinging punches. He hit an officer in the head and face, and the panic alarm was set off, before he was restrained by two of the officer’s colleagues.

On Friday, 6 November at Kingston Crown Court, Palmer was sentenced for 13 charges including the assault, plus possession with intent to supply.

Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana was killed when working as a custody officer at Croydon station less than two months later.

Palmer was given 11 years and nine months to run concurrently. He will serve up to five years and two months in prison.

Detective Constable David Picken, of South West BCU, said, “This is an example of completely brazen criminal behaviour, and as a result of proactive police work, Palmer will spend a reasonable period of time in prison. It further highlights the risk that police officers face and demonstrates that this behaviour is unacceptable and we will continue to pursue suitable charges as a result of those who assault emergency workers.''

November 10, 2020