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Monday, 29 December 2014

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Barrow dad jailed for shutting police officer’s foot in door

A DAD-OF-THREE has been jailed after repeatedly slamming a door into a police officer’s foot.

Shaun Patrick Ayres, of Florence Street, Barrow, was given an eight-week sentence after activating a suspended sentence as a result of the assault.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to attacking PC Josh Wilson on August 18 at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

PC Wilson attended Ayres’ address after reports of a domestic disturbance. He found the defendant by the front door in an agitated state.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “The defendant shouted that if he (Wilson) entered the house he would be assaulted.

“The officer explained the reason he had to go inside the house and check everybody was ok.

“When he tried to enter the defendant slammed the door on his foot several times.”

Ayres, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, demanded the officer leave before again slamming the door on his foot, causing swelling and redness.

Mrs Hine said PC Wilson was forced to deploy his Pava spray to subdue Ayres.

Mr Mike Graham, defending, told the court there had been no domestic incident but that a member of the public had heard Ayres talking and shouting to himself.

He said: “Unfortunately from his perspective he is just at the point where he has to have his medication reviewed as an adult.”

Mr Graham told the court Ayres was a biological father of two and was raising his partner’s child as his own. He had been involved in an argument with his mother on the day of the incident.

Addressing the court directly, Ayres said: “It was just a blip, I have apologised to the officer. I am very sorry, but I have just sorted myself out with my medication.”

But the court heard Ayres had been issued a suspended sentence for an earlier assault.

Deputy district judge Mr James Hatton said: “When you commit a similar offence, an offence of violence, I have no other option but to activate the suspended sentence.”

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