Drunk man made stab ges­ture at Pc

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AN AL­CO­HOLIC told a po­lice of­fi­cer he had a knife in his pocket and made a stab­bing ac­tion to­wards him dur­ing a drunken rant.

Ian Coathup, 45, said he had a knife on him when he was stopped on Palmer­ston Street, Bolling­ton, af­ter com­plaints about his be­hav­iour at a house nearby.

Coathup didn’t pro­duce any weapon but made a stab­bing ac­tion to­wards the of­fi­cer, Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates Court heard. The court heard he had caused a scene at the house and left but when po­lice caught up with him, he be­came ag­gres­sive.

Pros­e­cut­ing Deb­bie Byrne said a po­lice of­fi­cer who at­tended af­ter re­ports of a dis­tur­bance de­scribed Coathup as be­ing drunk.

She said: “Peo­ple were point­ing at the de­fen­dant walk­ing to­wards Al­bert Road.

“The of­fi­cer asked the de­fen­dant what hap­pened.

“He be­came ar­gu­men­ta­tive and said ‘I’m fed up with the po­lice’ and started swear­ing.

“He had been in­vited to the ad­dress but caused a scene and was asked to leave. The of­fi­cer told the de­fen­dant to leave the area.

“The de­fen­dant said ‘I’ve got a knife‘ and made a grab at his pocket mak­ing a stab­bing mo­tion to­wards the of­fi­cer. He was warned not to do again and said he was only jok­ing.”

Coathup, for­merly of South Street, Con­gle­ton, pleaded guilty to be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly in a public place on Au­gust 19. He com­mit­ted the of­fence while serv­ing a sus­pended prison sen­tence.

But his so­lic­i­tor Shirley Kelly asked mag­is­trates not to send him to prison.

She said he has a long­stand­ing is­sue with al­co­hol but is mak­ing ef­forts to ad­dress this, sign­ing up for an al­co­hol treat­ment pro­gramme.

She said: “He’s had a mas­sive prob­lem with al­co­hol over the years.

“On the day of this in­ci­dent he had a to-do with some­one but was leav­ing the scene when po­lice ar­rived. Ev­ery­thing that fol­lows stems from the fact that po­lice were talk­ing to him while in drink.

“He apol­o­gises for his be­hav­iour. He has made a com­mit­ment to break free from al­co­hol.”

Mag­is­trates ex­tended the sus­pended sen­tence by three months and is­sued a £35 fine, £20 vic­tim sur­charge, £85 costs and £150 court charge.

Chair­man of the bench Stephen Con­quer said: “We note your at­tempts to ad­dress the drink­ing prob­lem which has blighted your life and hope it proves to be suc­cess­ful in turn­ing your life around.”

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