50-year-old Paul Bennett has been fined £80 by the courts after he resisted 5 Police officers during an early morning incident in Newport.
As previously reported by Island Echo, Police were called to Fairmount Drive at 02:13 on 29th May to reports of a disturbance at an address on Fairmount Drive, Newport. Neighbours were awoken by the commotion as multiple units descended on the area.
The Isle of Wight Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday that Bennett was visiting his ex-partner and his son when a verbal argument between the father and son ensued, which then turned physical. Police were called but when things settled, Bennett’s ex called back to say officers no longer needed to attend.
Officers attended and having ascertained that an altercation had taken place, Bennett was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
It was during the arrest that Bennett began to resist officers, who deployed their PAVA spray. He was taken to the floor and continued to resist so was sprayed for a second time.
Bennett, of Fairmount Drive, pleaded guilty to resisting a constable in the execution of their duty, namely PCs Hunns, West, Pegler, Butler and Williams, during his appearance at court.
Ann Smout, prosecuting, told the bench that Bennett had previous convictions for being drunk and disorderly and other public order offences.
Magistrates fined Paul Bennett £80 and ordered him to pay £85 costs with a £34 surcharge.
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