Grantham court: Fines imposed for grabbing officers

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A 29-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting two police constables in the execution of their duty during an attempt to get them off his friend.

Robert Davis of New Street, Grantham, admitted to the incident shown to magistrates in court on CCTV footage.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, described how on August 8 at around 12.30am Davis and his friend were ejected from Gravity bar and began remonstrating with a bouncer.

Alerted to the incident, police officers arrived towards whom Davis’ friend became aggressive and shouted ‘Go f*** yourselves.”

As they attempted to arrest him for breach of the peace he ran off with the officers in pursuit, with Davis also following them.

When the police managed to get hold of his friend, Davis then interfered with the arrest by pulling on the back of one officer’s stab vest.

Davis then proceded to grab another constable’s stab vest as he attempted to lift them off his friend.

Further officers then arrived and the two men were arrested and taken to Grantham police station.

Mr Wood said that in interview Davis accepted that he was drunk.

Defending, Jane Bauer said that her client accepted the prosecution’s summary of events, and that he himself had watched the CCTV at the police station.

She described Davis as ‘deeply ashamed’ and ‘very remorseful.’

“He was trying to help his friend who was on the floor screaming.

“That was his only motive - not to assault them in any way,” Mrs Bauer added.

As someone with no convictions for the last 12 years, she said that his behaviour on that night was ‘very much out of character for him.’

Mrs Bauer also told the court that the co-defendant in the incident had received a £60 fixed penalty notice.

Davis was fined £40 for each of the two offences, which he must pay in addition to a £20 victim surcharge and proseuction costs of £85.