Man attacked cop after rift with mum

sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court
sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court

A CHESTERFIELD man who attacked a police officer following a rift with his mum has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

James Wright’s mother called police at 2am to say he had gone to her address in Devizes Close, Grangewood, in a drunken and threatening mood.

“She wanted him to leave the premises,” prosecutor Robert Carr told town magistrates. “Pc Mark Weldon told him to leave to avoid any further breach of the peace.”

Wright, who appeared drunk, left but his mother called police again at 2.35am, saying he had returned.

Officers went back to her home and saw Wright (38) standing outside on the street. He claimed he had returned to fetch his coat.

Mr Carr said Wright struggled as he was arrested, adding: “He tried to headbutt Pc Weldon, who felt a blow to the side of his cheek. He was sprayed with CS gas.”

Wright, of Rutland Road, Chesterfield, had denied the September 16 assault but was convicted after failing to attend his trial.

He was given a six-month prison sentence but it was suspended for a year. He also received a one-year probation supervision order and he must pay £100 compensation to Pc Weldon, plus £200 court costs.

John Gibson, for Wright, said: “The case arises from the breakdown of his relationship with his mother. A mixture of alcohol and drugs caused things to go badly wrong.”

He said Wright had committed a variety of previous offences, some of them very serious, adding that he missed his trial because he had “overslept”.