A MAN has admitted escaping from lawful custody and assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty.
But Mold Crown Court heard how Aled Lloyd Roberts had escaped because he was concerned for the safety of his girlfriend after both he and her had earlier come under attack.
Roberts, of Abbey Farm Caravan Park, Llantysilio, had been attacked by a group of men and suffered a fractured wrist. When police arrived he was arrested.
But on the journey he kicked out at a protective shield in the police car damaging it.
The officer pulled over into a lay-by and opened the car slightly in order to spray the defendant.
Prosecutor David Mainstone said Roberts, 31, kicked the door open and allegedly punched the officer in the face.
There was a struggle during which the officer was kicked, he said. Roberts ran off and was not arrested for 24 hours.
Stephen Edwards, defending, said Roberts accepted on August 25 last year he escaped, damaged a police car and assaulted an officer in the execution of his duty.
That Sunday Roberts and his girlfriend had a meal at The Bridge End pub in Llangollen and then went to the Bull Inn.
At about 9pm he was confronted by an aggressive man. As they walked down the street he and his girlfriend were attacked by the man and three of his friends.
They were pushed and kicked before being able to run to the girlfriend’s car in the Hand car park. As they started to drive away the car stalled and both were dragged out, he was punched and stamped on, suffering a fractured left wrist and other injuries.
But when police arrived it was Roberts who was arrested.
As he was being driven away he saw his girlfriend crying on the side of the road, close to the group who had assaulted them.
He was in extreme pain because, as it turned out, the handcuffs were on a fractured wrist and he begged the officer to stop.
When he was ignored he kicked out at the perspex diving screen. When the officer opened the door he accepted struggling with him, but denied intentionally punching the officer and claimed the kick was reckless not deliberate.
Since the incident last August his life had changed. His girlfriend was expecting their first child, he had stopped drinking and no longer took cannabis and he was in full time employment.
He had apologised to the officer for his behaviour, stemming from fearing for the safety of his girlfriend.
Judge Peter Haywood gave Roberts a 14 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He must carry out 140 hours unpaid work and pay £250 compensation to the officer, who ended up with a bruised and swollen cheek.
Judge Haywood said he case passed the custody threshold but in all the circumstances he had decided the sentence could be suspended.