Leon Richards, 23, punched Pc Ben Willetts repeatedly in the face and hit him with a lead after the officer braked sharply to avoid hitting his attacker’s dog, which ran in front of his car, Wolverhampton Magistrates heard.Yes, because if your dog is allowed to roam at will and almost gets run over, it’s clearly not your fault, is it? It must be the driver who didn’t simply run Rover over!
Prosecuting, Mrs Lauranne Middleton told the court the officer’s injuries included a suspected broken nose, cut lip, bruising and grazing. She said after the near-miss with the dog, the officer took off his seat belt and was about to get out when “the car door was opened and he was dragged out of the car by his clothing which was police issue t-shirt and jacket with a police logo”.He doesn’t deny the assault, just some of the details of it…
She added: “He was punched several times in the face and whipped by the defendant using the dog lead.”
Defending, Mr Gregory Burke said Richards denied using the dog lead in a whipping motion but accepted the rest of the assault as described by the prosecution.Yeah. Like that makes all the difference!
A clue to his bizarre behaviour, perhaps?
Richards was arrested on Thursday in Walsall. When police searched Richards’ house they found blood stains and pills used in body building. Richards pleaded guilty to possessing a Class C drug.Magistrates weren’t touching this one:
Chairman of the bench Mr David Firman sent him to the city’s crown court for sentencing. Richards was remanded in custody to appear in court on March 2.It’ll be interesting to see what he gets…