Crim­i­nal was be­ing re­called to prison

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WANTED crim­i­nal Scott Dock­sey left a fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer with cuts and bruises when she tried to ar­rest him.

The 29-year-old was wanted for re­call to prison af­ter breach­ing his post-sen­tence su­per­vi­sion when the of­fi­cer found him in the gar­den of a house.

But as she tried to hand­cuff him he strug­gled with her and man­aged to get away – rid­ing off on a bi­cy­cle. He was fi­nally ar­rested eight days later.

Stoke-on-trent Crown Court heard the po­lice of­fi­cer found Dock­sey at a prop­erty in Dividy Road, Buck­nall, on Septem­ber 18.

Pros­e­cu­tor Gemma Maxwell said: “The of­fi­cer saw the de­fen­dant sit­ting on the back step. She took hold of his arm and told him he was un­der ar­rest. He be­gan to strug­gle, which caused mi­nor in­juries to the of­fi­cer.”

When Dock­sey was later tracked down, he gave him­self over to po­lice with­out a strug­gle. He was re­turned to prison and went on to plead guilty to a charge of es­cape.

He has 12 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for 43 of­fences and had been re­leased from a 20-month sen­tence he re­ceived for driv­ing of­fences when he breached his post-sen­tence su­per­vi­sion.

Stephen Hen­nessy, mit­i­gat­ing, said: “It was an un­so­phis­ti­cated of­fence. His mo­ti­va­tion was that he wanted to put his house in or­der.

“He has four chil­dren. He knew the re­call would put him in cus­tody un­til spring next year and he wanted to make sure ev­ery­thing was OK at home.

“He is anx­ious to re­turn to his fam­ily as soon as pos­si­ble and turn over a new leaf.”

Judge Dean Ker­shaw sen­tenced Dock­sey, who has no fixed ad­dress, to four months in prison.

He is not due to be re­leased from his cur­rent term un­til next April, so the sen­tence will not af­fect the length of time he serves in cus­tody.

Judge Ker­shaw said: “I don’t be­lieve what you did was in­tended to cause the of­fi­cer in­jury.

“But you were reck­less – it was ob­vi­ous to you that by push­ing and pulling she was go­ing to be in­jured.

“It was very un­pleas­ant – no one de­serves that.”

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