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Special constable guilty of Surry Hills assault

A special constable from Sydney has been found guilty of assaulting a man nearly half his size and intimidating another who then tried to arrest him.

Fadi Chafei, who is not a sworn police officer but has some police powers, claimed he was acting in self defence when he struck Heath Kelly, 31, outside a Surry Hills pub in November 2012, knocking him to the ground.

But on Wednesday, Magistrate Harriet Graham described the special constable's evidence as "rehearsed", "implausible" and "untruthful", convicting him of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

"He struck Mr Kelly - a heavily intoxicated man who looked like a child," Magistrate Graham said, referring to Mr Kelly's diminutive stature.

Chafei, 41, was also convicted of intimidation. After the assault, when a bystander tried to make a citizen's arrest, Chafei squared up to the man and said "do you want to get the same, c---?".

Chafei had claimed he was intimidated by the men. But police prosecutor Sergeant Nick Nicholas said Chafei was "not scared of them at all".

Magistrate Graham accepted the prosecution argument, saying of Chafei: "I'm unable to believe him."

She convicted the 41-year-old and ordered him to return to court for sentencing on May 20.

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