Man with chisel swore at police
ADRUNK man verbally abused police officers while holding a chisel and needed to be incapacitated using PAVA spray and a baton, a court heard.
Officers were called to Simon Dowsing’s home on Devon Crescent in Haslingden to reports of a ‘possible domestic incident’ and ‘ concerns for a female’ at the property.
Prosecutor Andrew Robinson told Burnley Magistrates Court that as soon as the police car pulled up outside Dowsing came down the driveway holding a chisel in his hand.
He then put both his hands on the police car driver’s door and ‘started rocking the ●● The court heard police had to use PAVA spray to incapacitate Simon Dowsing vehicle and swearing’ before running back to the house.
An officer chased after him and tried to get inside, however Dowsing was trying to close the front door behind him. Mr Robinson said the officer ‘eventually fought his way into the premises after a struggle’ and had to use his PAVA spray through the door.
The court heard that Dowsing continued making threats and starting walking towards the kitchen.
Mr Robinson said the officer was ‘concerned he was going for other implements’ and that the PAVA spray had ‘not had the full effect’.
He then struck Dowsing with his baton and ‘put his full weight on him’ until other officers arrived.
The court heard that Dowsing continued swearing and making threats but the officer wasn’t injured.
No female was found at the property.
Dowsing, 42, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in a public place and resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty.
He was given a sixmonth community order with an alcohol treat- ment requirement, fined £50 and ordered to pay £ 85 costs and an £ 85 victim surcharge.
Janet Sime, defending, said Dowsing is ‘sorry he behaved in the manner that he did’ and he ‘panicked’ after the PAVA spray was used.
She told the court that he is a hard- working man and needs to address his ‘developing alcohol problem’.
She said: “He had been drinking on the night. The female was not in the house.
“She had left one hour earlier.
“He is a joiner and was doing work in the house. He was putting his tools back in his car and he had the chisel in his hand.
“He didn’t wave it about and did not use it to threaten.
“He completely forgot he had it in his hand.” ●● The offence took place at the Asda store in Rawtenstall