Barnstaple teen with broken neck in court for drunken assault on police officer
A drunken teenager who was treated for a broken neck after being arrested by police has been given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £25 compensation costs for assaulting a police constable.
Stephen Lomax, 19, appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday to be sentenced for two offences including being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police constable.
Lomax, of Boutport Street in Barnstaple, previously pleaded guilty to the two offences but the court was adjourned for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.
Magistrates heard how in the early hours of August 24 Lomax was seen in Cooper Street, Bideford, by special constable Laura Hancock, issued with a section 27 dispersal order and told to leave the area.
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However, the court heard Lomax, who had drunk more than ten vodka and cokes during the course of the evening, was uncooperative and was arrested half an hour later in Mill Street, less than 100 yards away.
Simon Jarvis, for the prosecution, said during his arrest Lomax elbowed PC Hancock in the stomach causing her to be winded and suffer pain in her abdomen.
Magistrates heard from the defence how Lomax had not intended to injure the officer but had “caught her in the stomach” when pulling his arm away from being handcuffed.
The court also heard how Lomax complained of a pain in his neck once he was in police custody, which doctors later confirmed was down to a broken neck.
Magistrates heard how the teenager’s injury was failing to heal as well as doctors had hoped and were told it’s likely he will need further hospital treatment.
Presiding magistrate Paul Cooper ordered a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered Lomax to pay £25 in compensation costs.