Man spared jail for police assault
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.