Drunken Grantham man tasered after punching police officer

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A Grantham man was tasered after he drunkenly assaulted a police officer.

Liam Berry, 29, of Goodliff Road, Grantham, pleaded guilty to assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty and to being drunk and disorderly in a public place in Dysart Road on September 5.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, explained that the defendant had been at a pub in the town centre, and after drunkenly causing problems he was spoken to by police who told him to leave the area.

Later on, Berry was seen by officers again, at which point he made a beeline for one of them and began throwing punches. Some of these made contact with the Pc’s arms and body armour, before Berry swung out again and struck the officer’s mouth. This caused pain but no lasting injury.

Berry was then tasered, arrested and taken to the police station. During interview he said he could only remember parts of the incident, and that if he had been sober then it would never have happened.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said that the injury to the officer had been described as minor, with Berry’s punches not being thrown with much force.

Mr Pye-Smith added that his client, who works full-time and lives with his parents, had been out watching a football match and had too much to drink.

After hearing a report by the Probation Service, magistrates ordered Berry to serve a community order to complete 60 hours of unpaid work over the next 12 months.

He was also fined £135 for being drunk and disorderly, and must pay a victim surcharge of £60, £85 prosecution costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.