Derbyshire boozer slapped pregnant girlfriend in town centre and racially abused hospital worker

A boozer slapped a pregnant girlfriend’s face before assaulting police officers and hurling racist abuse at a hospital worker, a court heard.

Thursday, 9th December 2021, 9:37 am
Updated Thursday, 9th December 2021, 10:31 am

Police were called at 4.30pm, on Sunday, June 13, following reports Edward Doyle had been fighting with a group of men in Worksop, Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard.

Donna Fawcett, prosecuting, said CCTV showed him hitting the woman, who was 21 weeks’ pregnant, before she hit him back with several blows.

Doyle, of Market Street, Clay Cross, aged 22, fled, but was caught and became aggressive. He threatened to spit at officers, who took him to the ground and fitted him with a spit hood and restraints.

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However, in the police van he complained of being unwell and slumped to the floor of the cage.

Ms Fawcett said officers got him outside, where he vomited.

He was taken to Bassetlaw Hospital, where he briefly calmed down and thanked them, ‘but then seemed to flip’.

The court heard Doyle hurled a chair at the officers and shouted: “Come on then, I'm going to bang you both.”

After he was pinned to the floor, he ‘wavered between complaining he was being mistreated’ and threatening the officers’ families.

He shouted racist abuse at a Polish member of staff while imitating his accent and later spat on the shoulder of a detention officer at Mansfield police station.

Ms Fawcett said he was ‘fairly heavily convicted for a young man’, having last been in court in October 2020, when he was jailed for 22 weeks for assaulting a police officer.

Doyle admitted assault, using threatening words, racially aggravated harassment, and two counts of assaulting emergency workers.

Arjun Madahar, mitigating, said: “He apologises. He doesn’t have a great deal of memory. He does have issues with alcohol. He was facing homelessness at the time.”

Probation officer Raqia Bano said Doyle is now on medication, has stopped taking drugs and curtailed his alcohol use.

She said: “He is ashamed of his actions and finds it disgusting he behaved in the manner he did.”

Doyle was jailed for 20 weeks, suspended for a year, and ordered to complete a 31-session building better relationships course and 20 rehabilitation days. He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £150 compensation, a £128 surcharge and £85 costs.