Attack left police officer in pain, court hears

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A man who assaulted a police officer left him in pain and needing to go to hospital, a court heard.

Angry Aaron George (25) had lashed out when police were trying to arrest him. His victim suffered pain and a muscle injury after the trouble on May 8th.

Burnley magistrates were told the day before, George had been caught behind the wheel while banned, after his driving left “a little bit to be desired’ and a pursuit followed.

George, who was in breach of a suspended sentence, has now been jailed for a total of 38 weeks, after being convicted in his absence of driving whilst disqualified on Hargher Street, Burnley, on May 7th and police assault and resisting/ obstructing police, on May 8th.

The defendant, of Kingsbury Place, was banned from driving for 19 months.

Alex Mann, prosecuting, said police went to reports of a domestic incident at about 3-30am on May 8th.

The defendant was told he was going to be arrested and when the handcuffs came out, he started to tense up.

The prosecutor continued: “The officer says he was scared as the defendant is a large man and he didn’t know what he was going to do.”

Miss Mann said the officer grabbed hold of George’s arm and the defendant pushed the officer’s arm away. George was angry and was lashing out.

He was told to calm down but didn’t and caught the officer on the side of the face.

He then ran off and police spent about an hour looking for him.

The victim went to hospital to get checked out, was told he had a muscle injury and he had pain below his left eye and nose.

Trevor Grice, for George who has a record going back to 2001, said he conceded the custody threshold was passed. He had previously served a custodial sentence.

The solicitor told the Bench: ”He doesn’t want a pre-sentence report, you are entitled to deal with him and the defendant has no objection to that.”