Defendant now ‘a changed man’

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A MAN with “an impressive record for someone so young” has turned his life around, magistrates were told.

James Taylor of Kenilworth Road, Grantham, admitted a public order offence after using abusive language towards a police officer and “lashing out” while being restrained.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, told the court that Taylor, 25, was shouting abuse and threatening violence before being restrained.

Mr Paulson said: “At that point he became violent, lashing out.”

Rob Arthur, appearing for Taylor, told the court he had no recollection of the events before launching into a passionate defence of his client.

He told magistrates that Taylor had spent much of his time since the age of 13 in custody, before adding: “I have to say that the James Taylor that is on that record is not the James Taylor that stands before you now.

“I can put my hand on my heart and say he is a changed man.”

Mr Arthur added: “I am assured by Mr Taylor that you will not be seeing him again in this court or any other court.”

Amanda Brown, chair of magistrates, praised Taylor for staying out of trouble in recent years.

She said: “You have a pretty impressive record for someone so young. But it’s to your credit that you have not been to court for a number of years.”

Taylor was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay a contribution to costs of £25.

Mrs Brown said: “Keep out of trouble. We don’t want to see you again.”