A MAN assaulted a police officer after he drunkenly went round to a girlfriend’s home to “declare his undying love for her,” a court was told.
Neil Hartley Maddison had been in a relationship with a woman and went to her Washington house on Friday, March 6.
He has made some abusive comments to the police officer, it was when the gas was discharged that he lost his temper. He fully accepted that it was his own stupidness and he feels very remorseful.Philipa Wylie, defending
Maddison, 31, however, was left outside when the woman refused to let him into the property and then called police.
Prosecutor Sarah O’Neill told a hearing at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court: “Officers attended the scene and found Maddison outside the house with his face up against the glass door.
“Officers used CS gas towards him, which was ineffective.”
When officers approached Maddison to arrest him, he said to them “which one of you first?”, before swearing at one of the male officers and saying he would “knock him out”.
Maddison, of Elliot Close, Penshaw, then got one of the officers in a headlock, leaving him with grazing and redness to his chin.
He was arrested and pleaded guilty to assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty while and causing criminal damage to the wing mirror of a Renault Clio which belongs to a neighbour of the woman.
Philipa Wylie, mitigating, told JPs: “Mr Maddison was very contrite in his interview.
“He had had a lot to drink that night and has turned up at the house intoxicated.
“He was talking through the letterbox and trying to declare his undying love for her.
“He has made some abusive comments to the police officer, it was when the gas was discharged that he lost his temper.
“He fully accepted that it was his own stupidness and he feels very remorseful.”
Chairman of the bench Alan Richardson told Maddison, who has previous convictions for actual bodily harm and affray, he will be electronically tagged and required to observe a curfew from 7pm to 7am at his home for six weeks.
While also told to comply with a Probation Service community order programme he is currently attending, he was also ordered to pay £85 court costs, £50 in compensation for the damaged wing mirror and £50 in compensation to the police officer he assaulted.