10/11/20: Story courtesy of IOMtoday.co.im
“I was 10 out of 10 drunk, when I assaulted police officer”
A 39-year-old Ramsey man this week admitted assaulting a pub licensee and a police officer.
Jason Harold Redford also pleaded guilty to property damage after he threw a glass at a pub door.
He will be sentenced on December 1, after a probation report has been completed.
Prosecuting advocate Hazel Carroon, told the court that Redford was in the Commercial Hotel in Ramsey on August 2 at 9.50pm.
He was said to have been asked to leave several times but said: ’I’ve just purchased a pint,’ and refused.
The pub licensee said that Redford was on the northern pub watch ban list, which Redford disputed, and a member of the public was said to have assisted in removing him from the bar.
Redford, who lives in St Paul’s Mews, Ramsey, was then said to have thrown a glass, smashing a pane in the door and causing fragments of glass to cut the licensee on his lip and cheek.
Police arrived and found Redford in a car park next to the pub.
He was arrested and put in the police van but was said to have been verbally aggressive, shouting and swearing, and kicking the door of the van.
Once at police headquarters, he was put in a risk suit due to his aggressive nature.
Redford was then said to have put the risk suit top around his neck so an officer went into the cell to take it.
Redford pulled away and said: ’Come on big man,’ slapping the officer’s hand.
He was then said to have come towards the constable, lashing out and striking him on his arm with an open hand.
When interviewed later Redford described himself as ’10 out of 10’ when asked how drunk he was, saying he had little recollection.
He claimed he had been assaulted in the pub toilets and again in the pub car park by an unknown male.
The court heard that he has previous convictions.
Defence advocate Paul Rodgers said that the assaults on the pub licensee and police officer were admitted on a reckless basis rather than a deliberate assault and asked for a probation report to be prepared before sentencing.
Redford claimed that he had not been on the northern pub watch ban list for 18 months.
Bail was granted in the sum of £500 with conditions to contact probation and not leave the island without court consent.