Grantham court: Drunk man on works outing assaults police officer

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A man on a works outing kicked a policeman in the stomach after being arrested and put in a police van.

Daniel Geoffrey Curran, 27, of Westgate, Grantham, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on February 8, and to assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty on the same date.

Prosecuting, Paul Wood told Grantham magistrates that officers were made aware of an incident at the Late Lounge in Market Place, Grantham, in the early hours. Staff were struggling with Curran who was drunk and had been thrown out of the bar.

Mr Wood said an officer waited with Curran who started to abuse him. The officer warned him about his language, but Curran carried on the abuse. He was arrested and put inside a police van. While the officer searched him, he kicked out and hit the officer in the stomach. Curran had said: “I have done nothing wrong except kick that f****** copper”.

Mr Wood said Curran was full and frank in his interview with police and blamed drink for the offences. He was apologetic to the officers.

Defending, Julian Sheen said Curran made full admissions to the police and wanted to say how ashamed he was of the incident. Mr Sheen said: “He does not recall much of it and he is horrified by what occurred.”

Mr Sheen said Curran had been drinking to excess that night while on a works outing and he had stayed out into the early hours. The incident had caused him considerable embarrassment at work, but he had managed to curb, if not stop, his drinking since that night.

Mr Sheen added that the force of the kick was not that great because Curran was sat on a bench in a confined space in the van.

Magistrates fined Curran £175 for the assault on the officer and ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £50 to the officer who was assaulted. No separate penalty was made for the drunk and disorderly charge.