Grantham court: ‘Police heavy handed in drawing tasers’

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Angered at police officers’ “over-zealous actions in drawing tasers” led a Grantham man to push a police constable.

Karl Oakes, of Cornwall Close, admitted obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty during an incident outside gentlemen’s club Taboo, in Market Place.

The court heard how officers were in the club in the early hours of January 4 taking a statement when door staff alerted them to a problem at the main entrance. As they arrived at the scene, officers saw four men facing up to door staff, one of whom was saying that a good reason must be given to refuse entry. An officer informed the party that staff did not need to give a reason and an argument began.

One male was abusive to an officer and was arrested. As the man was being put into a police van, Oakes went to the van and said his friend had done nothing wrong. He then pushed the officer, calling him a “fat f***er”.

Oakes was arrested and was taken to the police station, where he became ill. An ambulance was called and at the hospital Oakes was let go.

However, he faced the charge of obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Defending him, Rob Arthur said: “He accepts he did get involved in an incident that was not really to do with him, but the people he was out with. His friends were arrested for section 5 matters. At that point, during the arrest of one of them, Mr Oakes felt police were a little heavy handed, having drawn tasers.”

He added that Oakes felt the actions of police officers in drawing their tasers were “over-zealous”.

Oakes, 31, was fined £167 and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.