Po­lice at­tacked in fes­tive fra­cas

Of­fi­cers called af­ter break­down in re­la­tion­ship

Carmarthen Journal - - Front Page - IAN LEWIS

A man had to be brought down with a ba­ton by po­lice at a house on Christ­mas Day af­ter he lashed out at of­fi­cers, punch­ing one in the face and push­ing an­other with force on to the sofa.

In­ca­pac­i­tat­ing spray was also used by the po­lice to sub­due Ian James Evans in the in­ci­dent on the evening of De­cem­ber 25.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of as­sault­ing emer­gency work­ers in the ex­e­cu­tion of their duty at his home in Heol Ar­fryn, Car­marthen.

A MAN had to be brought down with a ba­ton by po­lice at a house on Christ­mas Day af­ter he lashed out at of­fi­cers, punch­ing one in the face and push­ing an­other with force on to the sofa.

In­ca­pac­i­tat­ing spray was also used by the po­lice to sub­due Ian James Evans in the in­ci­dent on the evening of De­cem­ber 25.

He ap­peared be­fore Llanelli Mag­is­trates’ Court from cus­tody on Thursday fol­low­ing his ar­rest on Christ­mas night. Evans, 34, gave his ad­dress in court as Heol Ar­fryn, Car­marthen, where the in­ci­dent took place, and pleaded guilty to three charges of as­sault­ing emer­gency work­ers in the ex­e­cu­tion of their duty.

Prose­cu­tor Sian Vaughan said: “Three of­fi­cers at­tended the home ad­dress at the re­quest of the de­fen­dant’s part­ner, who had asked him to leave sev­eral times due to his be­hav­iour through the course of the day. The po­lice even of­fered to drop him off some­where as it was Christ­mas Day.”

The court heard that at this point Evans took ex­cep­tion to po­lice be­ing at the prop­erty.

Mrs Vaughan added: “The fe­male of­fi­cer, PC Lakin, was pushed by the de­fen­dant and fell back on to the sofa while one of the male of­fi­cers, PC James, was punched to the face.”

The punch drew blood, Mrs Vaughan said.

The de­fen­dant was then struck to the leg with a ba­ton by the of­fi­cers and in­ca­pac­i­tat­ing spray was used by PC Phillips, who was not hurt in the in­ci­dent said Mrs Vaughan.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment, PC Me­gan Lakin said the push had been with force, adding: “Go­ing to work on Christ­mas Day, I didn’t think I would be as­saulted by a man like that.”

De­fend­ing Evans, so­lic­i­tor Kate Wil­liams said he was ex­tremely re­morse­ful for the in­ci­dent. “He doesn’t take is­sue with the facts and is ex­tremely re­morse­ful,” she said.

“He knows that the po­lice were only there do­ing their job. The re­la­tion­ship with his girl­friend had bro­ken down and he was up­set by that.”

Evans was given four weeks in prison, sus­pended for 12 months for each of the as­saults, to­talling 12 weeks to run con- sec­u­tively. He was also or­dered to pay court costs of £85, a vic­tim sur­charge of £115 and com­pen­sa­tion to each of the of­fi­cers. Evans was told to com­pen­sate PC James £100 and £50 each for PCs Lakin and Phillips.

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