‘Peacemaker’ fined £170 after he swore at police
AWOULD-BE peacemaker turned aggressor after his attempt to resolve a fight went wrong, a court heard.
Grant Kennerley received a call for help from a friend who was involved in a row at a party and he went to try to diffuse things, magistrates were told.
But the 24-year-old became sucked into the argument as the police arrived and ‘lost it’, prosecutors said.
Kennerley, who works as a cleaner at AstraZeneca and Macclesfield Town FC, swore repeatedly at officers and was arrested, the court heard.
Then during a struggle to get him into the police car he kicked at the door causing damage to another vehicle, magis- trates were told.
At Macclesfield magistrates court on March 29, Kennerley, of Waterside Mill, Knight Street, Macclesfield, admitted two charges of criminal damage and using threatening, abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Debbie Byrne, prosecuting, said the incident happened on Crown Street West in Macclesfield on March 7.
She said: “At 3.30am PC Petty and PC Roberts responded to a call of a disturbance at a property.
“When they arrived they found a group of people outside the address who all appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
“The defendant was seen by officers to be shouting and swearing. He was being asked to leave the address by a female. He refused.
“He was tensing up and down as if he was not in control of his actions.
“He eventually came out of the property and was with a female who was trying to calm him down.
“He swore at police over and over again in a loud and aggressive voice.
“He was drunk, but police also suspected he may have been under the influence of another substance.
“He was arrested but was very difficult to control because he was lashing out and making threats.
“As officers tried to get him into the police car he lay on his back and with full force kicked at the door causing it to slam against a Toyota Yaris.
“When interviewed he said he had been called by a friend to the property to act as a peacemaker, but then started arguing. He said when the police arrived he lost it.”
John Gallagher, defending Kennerley, said: “Everyone had consumed too much alcohol. His attempt to broker peace had not been well received.”
Magistrates find Kennerley £170.
●● Grant Kennerley