Police officer assaulted by teenager following argument over a patio heater, court hears (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Police officer assaulted by teenager following argument over a patio heater, court hears
3:46pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
A TEENAGER assaulted a police officer who was called to his house to deal with an argument between his mother and brother over a patio heater, a court heard.
Charlie Hodgson, 18, got involved in an altercation between his brother, Paul, 21, and the police officer who was attempting to restrain him.
Darlington magistrates heard two police officers were called by the men’s mother to their home in Lakeside, Darlington, on June 17 this year following a row about a patio heater in the garden.
Brian Payne, prosecuting, said the teenager struck a blow to one of the police officers, leaving him with minor scratches and a lump on his little finger.
In mitigation Michael Clarke said: “He has got involved in something which really was between the police and his brother.
“Perhaps a blow was struck but certainly not the force that is attributed to the police officer’s evidence.”
Hodgson denied assaulting a police constable in execution of their duty, but was found guilty following a trial, which put him in breach of a conditional discharge imposed in March this year.
Magistrates revoked his conditional discharge and instead imposed a community order and ordered him to complete 120 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £60 court costs.
His older brother admitted using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress and obstructing a police constable in execution of their duty.
He also admitted a charge of intentional racially aggravated harassment to cause alarm or distress after calling his neighbour a ‘chinky’ and telling her to go back to her own country following an argument about a dog on February 21 this year.
Magistrates gave him a 12-month community order with 12 months of supervision and ordered him to attend a thinking skills programme.
He will also pay a £60 victim surcharge and £60 court costs.