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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Jail for drunk Barrow man who injured officer

A FATHER of four has been jailed after drunkenly demanding to see his children and assaulting a police officer.

Daniel John Bower, of Maple Street, Barrow, was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment at Barrow Crown Court yesterday.

Bower, 34, pleaded guilty to threatening to damage the door at the home of his ex-wife Zoe Bower, assaulting Sergeant Gareth Sargent and using words to cause alarm, on November 30.

The court heard Bower was drinking at the home of his partner, who lives next door to his ex-wife in Harrison Street, Barrow, on November 29.

Mr Richard Archer, prosecuting, said: “At about 10pm Mrs Bower returned home with her children and she could hear a noise coming from the neighbour’s house. She could hear a voice which she recognised to be her ex-husband and her children could not get to sleep.

“She informed the police, but by the time police arrived it was about 1.45am and the noise had quietened down.”

After police left, Bower appeared in the street with a can of beer in his hand. The court was told Bower had drunk around 12 cans that evening.

Mr Archer told the court Bower committed the offences while serving a community order for assaulting a police officer in November 2012.

He told the court Bower had urinated on flower pots and the front door of his ex-wife.

Police arrived and attempted to arrest Bower but during the struggle Bower kicked Sgt Sargent in the arm.

Mr Andrew Scott, defending, said: “There is an ongoing dispute with his ex-partner and the situation became inflamed.

“I in no way justify his actions.”

Recorder Mr John Benson QC sentenced Bower to two months in jail for assaulting Sgt Sargent, and one month for threatening criminal damage, to be served concurrently. There was no additional penalty for the charge of threatening behaviour.

He was ordered to pay a £80 statutory surcharge.

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