Man who attacked women spared jail
A DRUNKEN yob who head butted a woman and racially abused a police officer narrowly avoided jail.
During a drunken rampage on Saturday, May 12, 2012, Heptonstall resident Alexander Carl Conwell twice head butted Angela Turner outside b@r place, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge.
Calderdale Magistrates heard how he then went on to assault landlady Lesley Ann Wood and racially abuse PC Hanson when being arrested. He was also found to be in possession of cannabis.
Magistrates’ Chairman Annabelle Davis said: “Your behaviour was absolutely disgraceful. It was completely out of control and, unfortunately, all fuelled by alcohol.”
The incident started with Conwell having an altercation with a group of males at the venue’s pool table. Angela Turner went over as peacemaker and took Conwell outside to calm him down. After verbally abusing her, Conwell head butted Angela twice, leaving her with a busted nose. After being denied entry back into the venue by Lesley Ann Wood, he grabbed her by the arm and tried to push her down the stairs leading back into the bar.
When the police arrived, Conwell tried to resist arrest by kicking the officers’ ankles in an attempt to trip them up. He then verbally abused one officer, before racially abusing the other. When he was placed in the back of a police car, he repeatedly banged his head against the window.
Conwell, 20, who lives at Southfield, Heptonstall, said he couldn’t remember committing the two assaults. He has apologised to the officer he racially abused.
Conwell’s defence solicitor said: “Since the incidents took place, he has recognised there are underlying issues to the offences concerned and that is drink.
“He has sought to address that. The best way he has done this is not to go out and spend more time at home with his partner.”
Conwell, who is currently unemployed, said he is due to start a new job on November 1.
He was given a medium level activity requirement, ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work in the community and given a 12-month exclusion order from b@r place. He must also pay £100 compensation to Angela Turner, £50 to Lesley Ann Wood and £300 costs, reduced from £620.
Annabelle Davis added: “This has been a wake-up call for you and now you are trying to change your life. We do understand that alcohol has been a problem for you and you’re trying to change your lifestyle.
“I do honestly hope that from now on you re-think how you’re going to run your lifestyle.”
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