TWO police officers called out by a householder who found a stranger sleeping in her garage in Buckley ended up being assaulted.
One officer was bitten on his finger and the other suffered facial injuries.
Stephen James Mullins, a father of three, kicked out at the police car, causing the door to come away from the frame and then spat into the face of a custody detention officer at Wrexham police station.
Mullins, 20, of Nant Mawr Road, Buckley, admitted assaulting two police officers and the detention officer and causing damage.
He had previously denied the bite but yesterday admitted biting the officer on a reckless basis during a struggle, which was accepted by the prosecution.
Mullins, who had been remanded in custody for the last three weeks, was bailed pending sentence as long as he lived at his father’s home in Silverstone Drive in Buckley, and remains indoors between 7pm and 7am.
Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold was told Mullins had been through a very tough time in custody where a cell mate had committed suicide.
Prosecutor Matthew Ellis told how on December 20, police received a report that a man had been found asleep in a garage in Buckley.
Two officers attended but ended up being assaulted.
Mullins was sprayed with incapacitant but one officer was bitten on his finger and the other suffered facial injuries.
Mullins struggled and lashed out, the court heard.
Photographs of the injuries were handed in to magistrates.
Mullins had previous convictions for 36 offences.
Stephen Ferns, defending, said Mullins appreciated he had ended up in court because of his own stupidity.
“He is extremely remorseful,” he said.
Mullins had spent the entire Christmas period in custody away from his three children which had a deep and profound effect upon him.
Mr Ferns said Mullins was not with the mother of the children but saw them on a regular basis.
That night he had fallen out with his girlfriend, intended to stay with his parents but could not get an answer, it was freezing cold and he found himself somewhere to sleep.
Police were called and he reacted totally inappropriately.
It had only been a minor fall out with his girlfriend, they were in a solid relationship, and he had her support and that of his father who had taken a day away from his business to support his son in court.
The father was prepared to offer his address and to help him by offering him an apprenticeship.
Mullins had also had time to think about his future and was planning long term to set up his own business. He already had plumbing qualifications.
He was determined to address his offending behaviour and was “absolutely determined” not to return to custody after his experiences there.