Grantham court: Brother of insulted girl punched policewoman

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Grantham magistrates heard how a 20-year-old man assaulted a female police officer and a man who had offended his sister during a night out.

Jason Auckland, of Canberra Crescent, Grantham, pleaded guilty to assaulting a constable in the execution of her duty and to committing common assault on July 20.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson said at about 2am police noticed Auckland being verbally aggressive towards a group of men in the Market Place.

Police separated the opposing parties and tried to calm Auckland down while the group crossed the road to get a taxi, but when officers started to issue Auckland with an order to leave the area he ran away and jumped on to the back of one of the men.

Punching the man to the back of his head, Auckland left a gash, before police pulled him off and attempted to restrain him on the ground.

During the scuffle Auckland threw kicks and punches, with one blow striking a female officer’s head, causing swelling to her left jaw.

Mrs Wilson added that Auckland was already serving a community order for previous offences.

Rory Macmillan, defending, confirmed that Auckland had 16 and three quarter hours of unpaid work left on his community order.

Mr Macmillan said Auckland has no drink or drug issues, but on July 20 he was quite drunk while still being aware of what was going on.

He said Auckland had left a club to speak to a policeman he knew and described as a ‘nice copper’, when his sister came up to him and said that ‘three blokes had been abusive to her and said that they were going to rape her.’

He added it was then that Auckland approached the three men standing by the Market Cross, and it was because his sister told him one was smiling at her that he ‘did flip and jumped on this particular male’.

He also said that he did not deliberately hit the policewoman, who he also knows well, and wanted to apologise.

Auckland was given an electronically monitored curfew to remain at home between 8pm and 7am for 16 weeks, and from 11pm to 7am on days when he attends a course for his community order. He must also pay £70 in compensation to each victim.