Sunderland yob jailed for attacking police

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A YOB is behind bars today after lashing out at police officers.

Jordan Rolfe hit out at three officers on two separate occasions, after being arrested while drunk.

The 19-year-old was also found with cannabis and caught damaging a Metro sign.

Rolfe had pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and criminal damage, but denied assaulting the officers.

However he changed his plea to guilty at the start of a trial yesterday.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that on the first occasion, police were called to Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland, where Rolfe was stopped from boarding a Metro because he was so drunk on August 20.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, told the court Rolfe punched a metal sign in the station, leaving a dent which cost £100 to repair.

He became violent and aggressive towards officers after he was arrested, biting one on the left wrist.

While restraining him, police found he had a small piece of cannabis.

Mr Laidlaw said: “Due to his continued behaviour, he was placed on a mat on the floor and swung his left leg back and kicked the officer in the right thigh, causing him slight pain.”

Just two days later, Rolfe was arrested and again took his anger out on uniformed officers.

Mr Laidlaw told the court he lost his temper after making a phone call to his solicitor in the police station.

“He became violent, swinging his arms around. The officer restrained him and ended up on the floor with Rolfe underneath him,” he said.

“Without warning, he clenched his right fist and Rolfe hit him once to the right temple.”

The officer was left suffering head pain after the attack.

Kashif Khan, mitigating, said Rolfe had been in care since the age of 12 and had been due to get keys to his first permanent address on the day of the first incident.

But he began drinking after meeting up with friends and claimed he only lashed out because officers manhandled him.

Mr Khan asked magistrates to given Rolfe one more chance, but chairman Linda Scanlan said a prison term was “inevitable” and jailed him for 16 weeks.

No separate penalty was made for the criminal damage and possession of cannabis.

Rolfe, whose last address was given in court as Westgate Road, Newcastle, but was now of no fixed abode, was not ordered to pay any court costs or compensation.