WANTED MAN INJURED FEMALE OFFICER AS SHE TRIED TO MAKE ARREST
Criminal was being recalled to prison
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.”