A Ryde man who was trying to fight ‘The Joker’ during a night out on the town ended up attempting to bite a Police officer and prompted another to deploy their PAVA spray, a court has heard.

Astin Tyas, 31, of Salters Road, appeared in court on Friday (19th November) facing 2 charges of common assault of an emergency worker and using threatening/abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He pleaded guilty to all 3 charges.

For the prosecution, Miss Watson explained to the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court that on 31st October this year, at around 01:30 in the morning, Police attended Cobergs in Union Street, Ryde for an unrelated matter. Whilst they were dealing with a man dressed in fancy dress as ‘The Joker’, Tyas decided to get involved.

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Police had to step in and separate the pair when Tyas started to become threatening, saying ‘fuck off’ and ‘do you want to go’. Tyas then became aggressive towards Police.

One of the officers involved decided to deploy their PAVA spray, which was blocked by Tyas. This resulted in the officer getting PAVA in their own eyes. Then, whilst being detained, Tyas attempted to bite a second officer on the wrist whilst in cuffs.

Defending, Barry Arnett said that Astin, who works as a barman and lives at home with his parents, did not deliberately attempt to block the PAVA spray but had knocked the officer’s hand during a struggle, resulting in the spray going into the officer’s face. Mr Arnett said that his client had consumed alcohol on the night in question and broke down in tears during the Police interview.

The court noted from the prosecution that Tyas had not appeared in court since 2011 and had 2 previous convictions for 6 offences.

Magistrates handed Astin Tyas a 12-month community order with 45 hours of unpaid work. They also ordered him to pay £85 costs, £150 compensation to each Police officer and a surcharge of £95 – a total of £480.

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