Drunk fa­ther in street attack on po­lice­man

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­media.co.uk @KarenBrit­ton1

ADRUNK dad punched a man in the face and at­tacked a po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing an in­ci­dent in the town cen­tre.

Stephen John Ear­les, 42, punched Wayne Green­wood fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion.

He then kneed PC James Pod­more in the chest while he was ar­rest­ing him, Macclesfield Magis- trates court heard.

Ear­les, of Ni­chol­son Av­enue, Macclesfield, de­nied the attack at an ear­lier hear­ing and the case was taken to trial.

But mag­is­trates found the de­fen­dant guilty - leav­ing him with hefty court costs to pay.

At the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on April 28, pros­e­cut­ing Jonathan Egan said: “The de­fen­dant was shout­ing abuse in the street at the com­plainant.

“They’ve known each other for 20 years but have never had any prob­lems.

“He was ag­gres­sive to­wards the com­plainant.

“He con­tin­ued to be abu­sive and punched him to the side of the face caus­ing him to fall back­wards.

“The de­fen­dant walked away down the street and the com­plainant called the po­lice.

“He was found drunk by a town cen­tre pub and he was con­fronta­tional with po­lice.

“They moved to ar­rest him but he re­sisted of­fi­cers and kneed one to the chest, with the force taken by his body ar­mour.”

Ear­les pleaded not guilty to two counts of as­sault and re­sist­ing PC Garry Charnock in the ex­e­cu­tion of his duty dur­ing the in­ci­dent on Jan­uary 2, but was found guilty of the three charges.

Jenny Field, de­fend­ing, said: “He ac­cepts there was a ver­bal al­ter­ca­tion and that he was drunk but said there was no phys­i­cal vi­o­lence to­wards the com­plainant.

“As a con­se­quence of in­ter­ven­tion by po­lice and be­ing taken to cus­tody at Mid­dlewich he taken to hos­pi­tal with a se­ri­ous in­jury to his an­kle.

“He has a bro­ken an­kle and has had treat­ment, that’s why he’s on crutches to­day.

“The com­plainant had very mi­nor in­juries and there was no in­jury to the of­fi­cer.

“He’s a plas­terer and has not been able to work due to his in­jury. He’s a fa­ther of five and strug­gling with no in­come.”

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