Grantham court: Police chase teenager guilty of multiple crimes

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A teen who was chased by police and then dragged into a cell clinging to an officer’s leg, has received a suspended sentence.

The court heard about a number of incidents committed by 19-year-old Keia Hull of Kenilworth Road, between August 4 and September 27 last year.

Prosecutor Tracey Ross began with the most recent, and related how on September 27 two police officers attended an address on Turnor Crescent where an argument had taken place between Hull and his partner, during the course of which he had damaged a fence and gate.

The defendant ran away from police and was chased through an archway between two properties, shouting back at the officers ‘Come on then’ and described as ‘looking for a fight.’

They caught up with Hull as he attempted to climb over a fence, and as they went to handcuff him he said: “You better put handcuffs on me because I will kick off.”

Hull was put into the back of a police car, but proceeded to try and smash the windows with his head and elbow.

The officers then resorted to using leg restraints, but Hull refused to calm down and continued to shout and swear, saying: “I’ll f**k up you c***s”.

He was taken to Grantham police station, where he sat on one of the officer’s feet and wrapped himself around their leg so that they had to walk with him into the cell.

In relation to this series of events, Hull pleaded guilty to both assaulting and obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty, and to criminal damage.

At a previous court appearance Hull had also admitted another incident of criminal damage committed on September 19, when just before midnight he was captured on CCTV kicking in the rear door of Spitalgate House.

This breached a conditional discharge of 12 months imposed on September 3, while prosecutor Miss Ross added that prior to that on August 4 Hull had stolen a bike at Harlaxton Road.

Rob Arthur, defending, outlined how Hull had been riding his own bike and on seeing another against a fence decided ‘for some reason’ to switch and rode off with it, an offence to which he had made a ‘full and frank admission’.

Turning to the crimes on September 27, Mr Arthur explained that earlier that day Hull had attended the memorial service for his cousin.

Afterwards he drank to excess and took illegal substances including Mkat, and it was in this ‘emotional state’ that he had the row with his girlfriend resulting in the criminal damage and his behaviour towards the police.

Mr Arthur said that since December Hull had stopped taking Mkat and had reduced his alcohol consumption, and was also trying to deal with anger management issues.

Magistrates handed Hull a suspended sentence of 16 weeks, comprised of custodial sentences for each offence that if activated would run concurrently.

These have been suspended for 12 months, during which time Hull will be supervised by the probation service and must also attend the Resolve programme aimed at reducing violent behaviour.

He must pay £129,99 in compensation to the bike owner, £50 in compensation to the assaulted police officer, while no victim surcharge or prosecution costs were awarded.