Cop struck at disturbance

Mansfield Magistrates Court.
Mansfield Magistrates Court.

A Hucknall man would not let a policeman who was concerned about his injured girlfriend into their house because he mistakenly thought he needed to have a warrant.

Darren Hallam, 39, of Eastwood Close, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to resisting a constable in the execution of his duty.

The court heard police went to a house following a report of a disturbance and an officer said he heard a woman crying inside.

Officers knocked for 10 minutes before the door was opened to them.

The defendant had been intoxicated and agitated and did not want them to come in without a warrant.

The policeman tried to walk past him to check on the welfare of the woman.

The officer was struck in the groin and the defendant restrained.

In mitigation Hallam’s defence said officers had never explained to him why they needed to enter and he had asked for a warrant.

Hallam had an argument with his girlfriend during which she had picked up a knife and cut herself.

When the police arrived they had put two and two together which had given them grounds for worry so they had gone straight in without needing a warrant.

He accepted he had been very belligerent and they had brushed him aside to check on the woman. There was a struggle and he had been injured himself.

Hallam was fined £80 , and made to contribute £40 to costs , pay £50 compensation, a victim surcharge of £20 and criminal court charge of £150.