Drunk thug jumped out of a win­dow

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

JON MACPHER­SON

as they waited for a van to take him to the sta­tion.

The court was told that Bar­rass ‘tried to head­butt’ the of­fi­cer who then had to ‘strike the de­fen­dant to stop his ag­gres­sion’.

Bar­rass con­tin­ued to be ag­gres­sive on his way to used PAVA spray to ‘calm him down’.

In a vic­tim state­ment Mr Pem­ber­ton said the in­ci­dent had ‘fright­ened him and made him feel shaken and vul­ner­a­ble’.

Bar­rass, who has 11 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for 16 of­fences in­clud­ing crim­i­nal dam­age, ABH and af­fray, pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and two counts of crim­i­nal dam­age while sub­ject to a sus­pended sen­tence or­der. He was jailed for a to­tal of 10 months.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Hayley Ben­nett said Bar­rass had been mak­ing ‘very good progress’ on his sus­pended sen­tence or­der and the of­fences were a ‘slip up’.

She told the court that he had been drink­ing with a friend and ‘his emo­tions got the bet­ter of him once he was drunk’. The court heard that Bar­rass had paid for two re­place­ment win­dows and is ‘very sorry for the dis­tress he caused to the po­lice of­fi­cer’.

Pro­ba­tion ser­vice of­fi­cer Peter Slater said ‘binge drinker’ Bar­rass had re­cently com­pleted an al­co­hol treat­ment re­quire­ment but it had ‘not been wholly suc­cess­ful’ .

en­tenc­ing, Judge Sara Dodd said: “The pur­pose of a sus­pended sen­tence or­der is not just to get you to en­gage, it is to pre­vent you of­fend­ing.

In that area ev­ery sus­pended sen­tence that’s been passed upon you has been a fail­ure.

“You were told in very clear terms what would hap­pen if you re­of­fended. The time has come when only a cus­to­dial sen­tence can fol­low.”

Adam Luke Bar­rass, 26, of Maple Drive, Oswaldtwistle

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