Grantham court: Raver hit out in ‘comedy of errors’

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While attending an illegal rave at Twyford Woods in May, a 20-year-old assaulted two police officers, magistrates heard.

Samuel Stevens, of Parkers Circus, Chippin Norton, Oxfordshire, admitted assaulting two officers on May 25 when he appeared before magistrates on Monday.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka explained that at 9am officers had assembled at the exit point during the illegal rave, and noticed Stevens, who had blood around his ear and face.

They attempted to take him to an ambulance nearby, but on seeing the vacant expresssion on his face they also performed a drugs check.

Stevens then threw out his arms and ran away into the woods, but was rugby tackled and caught. He then used his left hand to strike the left ear of a policeman, and also injured another officer’s hand during the struggle.

In his defence, Sonia Bhalla said it was extremely unfortunate Stevens found himself in court, describing him as a hard-working commis chef with ambitions to become a head chef one day.

Miss Bhalla described the incident as “a comedy of errors” given that it had resulted from the police attempting to help the defendant.

She added: “When I went through the allegations with him it is clear that he is absolutely ashamed of himself. He said to me ‘at the end of the day the police officers were just doing their job and they didn’t need someone like me playing up’.”

Stevens was fined £65, on top of £85 prosecution costs, a £20 victim surcharge and £150 criminal courts charge. He must also pay £75 in compensation to each of the officers.