Bolsover ex-serviceman locked up for assault on police

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A BOLSOVER ex-serviceman is behind bars after a court heard how he kicked out at a police officer called to a domestic dispute.

Michael Betton became aggressive when police attended his address, threatening: “I’d like to meet you down a dark alley and sort you out.”

He kicked Pc Richard Painter in the groin and was taken outside by officers. He was warned to avoid a garden bramble bush and forced his head into it.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates on Monday that Betton (46) was taken to hospital after he said he had taken an overdose of tablets.

He was abusive in the accident and emergency suite and tried to bite an officer before kicking Pc Painter’s legs.

“He said: ‘I’m going to find you and kill you all. I’ll get my army mates to sort you’,” said Mrs Griffiths.

Betton stated in interview that he suffered from bipolar depression and he felt that police had not dealt with him appropriately.

“He believed police had been aggressive towards him. He said he had a panic attack after being pushed by an officer but he did not intentionally kick out.

“He believed police were sticking together and not telling the truth,” added Mrs Griffiths.

Betton, of Harvey Court, Bolsover, admitted the 20th August assault. He was serving a suspended prison sentence order at the time for offences of driving while banned and dishonesty.

His partner sobbed as he was locked up for eight weeks.

Jon Barber, for Betton, said he had mental health problems and had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder following army service.

“He received a letter from probation which suggested he had breached the community requirements on his suspended sentence order and this caused him to panic.

“He had a sleepless night and, the next day, he got sleeping tablets by cashing a prescription while she was away,” said Mr Barber.

The court heard that Betton had taken overdoses in the past and his medication was kept in a safe to which his partner held the keys. When she opened the safe, he snatched tablets for his back pain.

“Police were called and they assumed he was drunk. He has little memory of the incident,” said Mr Barber.

He added that Betton was trying to turn his life around and had gained a place on a college course with a view to becoming a counsellor.