Man spared jail for po­lice as­sault

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A 23-year-old man in­volved in a num­ber of as­saults, in­clud­ing at­tacks on po­lice, in Maid­stone town cen­tre has avoided jail. Ray­mond Wood, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one count of ac­tual bod­ily harm and three counts of as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent on Fri­day, Novem­ber 11. Ap­pear­ing at Maid­stone Crown Court, he was sen­tenced to 12 months in prison, sus­pended for two years, as well as a six-month al­co­hol treat­ment or­der and a 30-day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or­der. A drunken rev­eller asked a po­lice of­fi­cer to ar­rest him so he would have some­where to sleep af­ter a night out, a court was told.

Ryan Ab­bott, 23, was out drink­ing in Maid­stone in the early hours of Jan­uary 14 when he got into a fight with another man in Week Street.

Po­lice were called to the scene out­side Grill 91 restau­rant and found Ab­bott, of Shal­low Av­enue, Iwade, in a “heav­ily in­tox­i­cated” state, Maid­stone Mag­is­trates’ Court heard.

When they spoke to him about what had hap­pened he be­came con­fronta­tional, and de­manded the of­fi­cers take him home, claim­ing he was un­able to do so him­self.

They of­fered to ac­com­pany him to a nearby taxi rank but Ab­bott said cars would refuse to take him af­ter his cloth­ing had been torn dur­ing the ear­lier scuf­fle.

He then told the of­fi­cers he wished to be ar­rested so he could have some­where to stay for the night. He was then ar­rested and placed in cus­tody.

On Fri­day last week, Ab­bott, a ma­chine op­er­a­tor for a re­cy­cling com­pany, pleaded guilty to be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly in a pub­lic place.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self, he told the court: “My shirt had been to­tally ripped off my back.

“It was a cold night and no taxi, in my eyes, was go­ing to take me home in their ve­hi­cle.

“In a drunken, stupid state I thought I had no way of mak­ing it back.

“It was a stupid mis­take and it’s cost me. There’s no ex­cuse for that be­hav­iour and I’m very sorry for the in­con­ve­nience.”

Ab­bott was given a con­di­tional dis­charge for 12 months and or­dered to pay £85 in costs and a £20 vic­tim sur­charge.

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