Prince’s Trust men­tor dam­aged po­lice car dur­ing drunken rage

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

APRINCE’S Trust Am­bas­sador who said the scheme had turned his life around scheme had turned his life around has ap­peared in court af­ter threat­en­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and dam­ag­ing their car.

A court heard that Couper ver­bally abused the po­lice call­ing them ‘pigs’, be­fore threat­ened to ‘take their faces off’.

He later be­gan kick­ing and head­but­ting the po­lice car win­dow from in­side, the court heard.

The dam­age was so se­vere that the door would not close, mag­is­trates were told.

Couper, 29, ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age and be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates court.

Po­lice were called to Ivymead Road on the We­ston at 1.17pm on De­cem­ber 29 af­ter re­ports of a dog be­ing at­tacked.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived they found Couper ‘drunk’ and com­plain­ing he was locked out of his flat, mag­is­trates heard.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested Couper on sus­pi­cion of an­i­mal cru­elty and he flipped, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Couper, of Ivymeade Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age and be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court.

No an­i­mal cru­elty charges were brought against him. Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “When he was in­ter­viewed the de­fen­dant said he had been drink­ing and was drunk.

He was ag­i­tated and thought he had locked him­self out.

He said he be­came more an­gry that he was be­ing ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of cru­elty to an­i­mals, which he said was not cor­rect.

“He said he was an­gry and frus­trated.”

The court heard that Couper has eight court ap­pear­ance for 15 of­fences, the last be­ing in March 2014 for a pub­lic or­der of­fence.

An­thony Der­byshire, de­fend­ing Couper, de­scribed his ac­tions as ‘drink fu­elled’. He said: “Mr Couper has had a long hard look at him­self. Al­co­hol is a fea­ture in his of­fend­ing.

“He is do­ing some­thing about it. He was al­ready frus­trated when po­lice ar­rived. He ve­he­mently de­nied the of­fences he was ar­rested for.”

Couper was fined £120 and or­dered to pay Cheshire po­lice £50 com­pen­sa­tion.

He got in­volved in the Prince’s Trust in 2012.

He was put on a 12-week course, run by Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, which in­cluded com­mu­nity projects and qual­i­fi­ca­tions in team­work.

Couper be­came a men­tor younger mem­bers on the course and then an am­bas­sador.

●● Chris Couper pleaded guilty to crim­i­nal dam­age and be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly

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