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Man threatened to stab police officer and headbutted another PC during arrest

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A MAN who threatened to stab a police officer before headbutting another officer in the face as he was being arrested has been given a probation order.

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Glen Rhys Le Claire (27), of Great Union Road, admitted a number of offences ranging from assaulting a police officer to launching an unprovoked attack on a man – kicking him repeatedly while he was on the ground.

He admitted assaulting a police officer, grave and criminal assault, malicious damage and being drunk and disorderly.

Relief Magistrate Sarah Fitz said usually an attack on a police officer would be dealt with by way of a custodial sentence, but she made him subject to a nine-month probation order, and urged him to address his drinking problems.

Centenier Peter Barrett explained how the first offence on 27 August started when Le Claire went into a law firm and began abusing staff. A police officer arrived at the scene and noticed the defendant was slurring his words.

He was abusive to the police officer, threatening to punch and stab him, and so the officer called for assistance.

The officer managed to get the defendant out of the office and into the street, where he continued to be aggressive, leading to the police arresting him for being drunk and disorderly.

While being arrested Le Claire headbutted the officer in the nose and teeth with full force. The officer was not injured.

A few days later, on 9 September, Le Claire pushed over a moped near Morrison’s in La Colomberie and was charged with malicious damage.

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He admitted to police that he was probably drunk at the time.

Then on 7 October Le Claire pushed a man to the ground in La Colomberie and attacked him, kicking him five times while he was on the floor.

Advocate Rui Tremoceiro said his client had pleaded guilty to all charges at the earliest opportunity.

He added Le Claire had been through a number of traumatic aspects in his life and he urged the judge not to send the defendant to jail.

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Relief Magistrate Fitz said: ‘The court takes assaults on police officers very seriously, and only avoids imposing custody in exceptional circumstances.

‘The background to this case is an exceptional circumstance.

‘This background report cannot excuse your behaviour for much longer. You need to address your alcohol problem.’

As well as a probation order, he was ordered to pay £400 compensation to the police officer and £300 for the damage to the moped.

Jack Maguire

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