Orford man headbutted policewoman as she tried to arrest him

Orford man headbutted policewoman as she tried to arrest him

Orford man headbutted policewoman as she tried to arrest him

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A MAN, who head-butted a police woman in the face as she tried to arrest him, has escaped a prison sentence.

Benjamin Rowbottom, of Tyne Close, Orford, unleashed a torrent of abuse at police officer Jennifer Riley, who had tried to help the defendant moments before he attacked her, a court heard.

The prosecution barrister said: “Police were called out by the defendant’s family after he had smashed a bottle over his head.

“PC Riley had gone to the scene to try to speak to the defendant but he told her it has nothing to do with her.”

Halton Magistrates Court heard how police had arrived at the family home on June 16 at 4.30pm to find the 28-year-old with injuries to his face.

But, as PC Riley attempted to speak to the defendant in a bid to calm him down, he became verbally aggressive towards her, using abusive and threatening language.

Despite warnings from the police, Rowbottom continued to issue threats in front of neighbours and around ten children, who were playing in the street.

After several failed attempts to encourage Rowbottom to return to the house, PC Riley tried to arrest him for a public order offence.

But Rowbottom, who had been drinking, immediately became violent towards PC Riley, head-butting her in the mouth causing a cut to her lip.

Rowbottom was arrested and taken to hospital via an ambulance to have his injuries checked over.

But the defendant continued to abuse staff at the hospital, later berating them with homophobic threats and insults.

Rowbottom pleaded guilty on July 21 to assaulting a constable in the execution of her duty.

District Judge Bridget Knight described Rowbottom’s behaviour as ‘disgraceful’, before adding that it was ‘a very shameful incident’.

Rowbottom was handed a 12 month supervision order and must complete five sessions of an alcohol activity requirement.

He was also charged £245 to put towards compensation, victim surcharge and prosecution costs.

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8:59am Fri 22 Aug 14

richiepooh says...

There's men who can drink a beer, have a laugh, go home and sleep waking up the next morning thinking.."never again" and then there's morons who drink a beer, lose perception of reality, get aggressive and assault people, cause a nuisance and are scum of the earth who don't deserve their place in it, ruining it for all the others.
when you get to the point where you feel like conflict with another person even if you perceive that its them at fault...I guarantee you have become that moron.
I am glad to say, have always been a man!
There's men who can drink a beer, have a laugh, go home and sleep waking up the next morning thinking.."never again" and then there's morons who drink a beer, lose perception of reality, get aggressive and assault people, cause a nuisance and are scum of the earth who don't deserve their place in it, ruining it for all the others. when you get to the point where you feel like conflict with another person even if you perceive that its them at fault...I guarantee you have become that moron. I am glad to say, have always been a man! richiepooh
  • Score: 41

9:28am Fri 22 Aug 14

LASPEAKO says...

How on earth has he escaped a prison sentence, not only headbutting a woman, but a police woman, it's beyond me!
How on earth has he escaped a prison sentence, not only headbutting a woman, but a police woman, it's beyond me! LASPEAKO
  • Score: 47

9:46am Fri 22 Aug 14

andreask says...

What can you say?
Waste of use/time of the following: Police, ambulance, hospital, court.
Verbally and physically abused a police officer (a female police officer).
Verbally abused hospital staff.
No prison sentence. It really does make you despair.
What an absolute scum bag.
The worry is that scum like this are wandering the streets, and have no concern for their actions and if idiots like this are getting away with it, what kind of message is that sending to other moronic pond-life.
What can you say? Waste of use/time of the following: Police, ambulance, hospital, court. Verbally and physically abused a police officer (a female police officer). Verbally abused hospital staff. No prison sentence. It really does make you despair. What an absolute scum bag. The worry is that scum like this are wandering the streets, and have no concern for their actions and if idiots like this are getting away with it, what kind of message is that sending to other moronic pond-life. andreask
  • Score: 39

5:46pm Fri 22 Aug 14

only meeee says...

Always thought assaulting a police officer was automatic custodial sentence ??
Always thought assaulting a police officer was automatic custodial sentence ?? only meeee
  • Score: 15

6:11pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Freeborn John says...

In the past, anybody who nutted a policewoman would have suffered a well deserved fall down the stairs in the police station. Twice.
These days, they're probably given a voucher for a free happy meal and told not to do it again.
In the past, anybody who nutted a policewoman would have suffered a well deserved fall down the stairs in the police station. Twice. These days, they're probably given a voucher for a free happy meal and told not to do it again. Freeborn John
  • Score: 17

6:56pm Fri 22 Aug 14

toffeeman_4ever says...

but if he committed fraud or anything to do with money.....he would of got a few years.........thats what i read each week in the WG
but if he committed fraud or anything to do with money.....he would of got a few years.........thats what i read each week in the WG toffeeman_4ever
  • Score: 16

7:42pm Fri 22 Aug 14

local man says...

That sentence is a joke, all police officers deserve the protection of the law, we call them when an idiot like this needs dealing with, we call them when we need their help and protection.
A headbutt is far worse than a punch, its utterly disgusting. Anybody committing an act of violence like this needs to be kept safely away from alcohol - which is freely available in our society so I suggest prison. 12 months, no early release - behave or get sentence extended. Thank you pc Riley for doing your job, and I hope you know most of the public support you even if the courts dont see it the same way. perhaps if the magistrate was on the receiving end of some violent conduct they would realise how horrible it is, if they got headbutted you can be sure the offender would be going down.
That sentence is a joke, all police officers deserve the protection of the law, we call them when an idiot like this needs dealing with, we call them when we need their help and protection. A headbutt is far worse than a punch, its utterly disgusting. Anybody committing an act of violence like this needs to be kept safely away from alcohol - which is freely available in our society so I suggest prison. 12 months, no early release - behave or get sentence extended. Thank you pc Riley for doing your job, and I hope you know most of the public support you even if the courts dont see it the same way. perhaps if the magistrate was on the receiving end of some violent conduct they would realise how horrible it is, if they got headbutted you can be sure the offender would be going down. local man
  • Score: 22

12:21pm Sat 23 Aug 14

gordon holt says...

I can only agree with these comments, the fault lies once again with the courts, they will not jail anybody if they can help it because the jails are full
I can only agree with these comments, the fault lies once again with the courts, they will not jail anybody if they can help it because the jails are full gordon holt
  • Score: 12

8:43pm Sat 23 Aug 14

ExRatRacer says...

I wonder how many times this man has come before the courts or needed the police calling out because of his behaviour? What does it take to keep these people off the streets, making them safe for law abiding people?
I wonder how many times this man has come before the courts or needed the police calling out because of his behaviour? What does it take to keep these people off the streets, making them safe for law abiding people? ExRatRacer
  • Score: 12

10:18pm Sun 24 Aug 14

SickAndTired2 says...

"But Rowbottom, who had been drinking, immediately became violent towards PC Riley, head-butting her in the mouth causing a cut to her lip."

Oh what a surprise... Alcohol yet again involved in yet another unprovoked violent assault.
"But Rowbottom, who had been drinking, immediately became violent towards PC Riley, head-butting her in the mouth causing a cut to her lip." Oh what a surprise... Alcohol yet again involved in yet another unprovoked violent assault. SickAndTired2
  • Score: 3

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