South Normanton man assaulted police officer after scuffle

A SOUTH Normanton man upset to see his ex-girlfriend with her new lover ended up assaulting a police officer.

Staff at a filling station on Alfreton Road in the village called police at midnight on 14th May as a large fight developed on the forecourt.

‘Numerous males and females were jostling near the serving hatch’ and Kelsey Riley told officers that Samuel Head had assaulted her, said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting at Chesterfield Magistrates Court on Monday

Pc David Price took hold of his arm and he tried to pull away, saying ‘you are not taking me’. A struggle broke out and both fell to the ground.

Head (22) broke free and his arm moved backwards and struck the side of Pc Price’s head, said Mrs Griffiths.

He then got on top of the officer, who asked bystander Darryl Ball to help. Mr Ball sat on Head’s legs to assist the arrest.

“He later said he had not intentionally struck the officer. He said he pushed the officer towards the ground during the struggle.

“He apologised for his behaviour, which he largely put down to drink and being upset to discover Kelsey was seeing someone else,” added Mrs Griffiths.

Head, of Downing Street, South Normanton, admitted assault. He was fined £290, with £85 costs, and must pay £50 compensation to Pc Price.

The justices told him to curb his drinking as he had previously been in trouble for drink-related offending.

Justine Dexter, for Head, said he was a friend of Miss Riley’s for a long time before they had a brief relationship.

“There was no difficulty until her new boyfriend turned up and made stupid comments about going out with Kelsey and her not wanting the defendant anymore.

“He should have ignored it but he was upset. He was even more upset when she said she wanted him arrested,” said Ms Dexter.

She added: “There was quite a tussle with the officer and he was flailing his arms around and may have caught him with his elbow.

“Kelsey’s iPhone was broken during the incident and he paid £200 for it to be replaced and apologised to her.”

The court was told Head worked in his father’s haulage business at Immingham Docks, Humberside.