A Ross-on-Wye man, who threatened local police that he was going to stab them “like that officer in London,” after he head butted one PC and kicked another, was given a 12 month suspended sentence at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, April 27th.
Abul Khoyer (24), of Nursery Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty.
Khoyer had been arrested by police after he had been on a night out in Ross town centre on Monday, April 10th.
Amy Davies, prosecuting, said that Khoyer had consumed a large quantity of alcohol that night. While he had been walking home from the centre of town, he threw plant pots around Brookend Street and he aggressively banged on a flat door on Nursery Road, causing a public disturbance.
The police were called and PC Curzon and PC Jones attended the scene. The Court was told that Khoyer refused to give the police any details about who he was, and he became aggressive towards them.
Officers proceeded to arrest Khoyer, but he resisted and became violent towards them.
Ms Davies told the court that Khoyer head butted PC Curzon, splitting his lip open, and he kicked PC Jones in the leg, which caused bruising. He shouted that he would stab and shoot the officers. He also threatened that he would kill the Queen.
Mrs Davies said: “In relation to PC Curzon, he attended hospital and his injuries were cleaned and dressed before he was discharged.”
Emma Prosser, mitigating, said that Khoyer had entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity to do so.
On the night of the incident, Ms Prosser said that Khoyer had drunk to excess, and while he remembered going on a night out, he did not remember much else about trying to make his way home.
Ms Prosser said: “He is disgusted by his actions, his behaviour and his comments made.” She added that Khoyer would like to offer PC Curzon and PC Jones a formal apology.
Ms Prosser told the court that Khoyer moved from London to Ross about a year ago, and currently works approximately 20 hours per week in a local Indian restaurant as a waiter and chef.
She added that Khoyer has appeared in court many times previously because of an addiction to cannabis, but she said that he has overcome the addiction to the class B drug. However, Ms Prosser said that Khoyer has instead resorted to drinking, which has become a recurring problem, and has resulted in a community order.
Khoyer has competed an alcohol treatment programme, but Ms Prosser said that he still binge drinks on social occasions. She said that he needs ongoing help, but he is not dependant on alcohol.
Magistrates told Khoyer: “These offences are very serious. They were committed on police officers while they were doing their duty. This was made more serious because of your previous convictions and it was committed while you were already on a community order.”
Khoyer was handed a four month custodial sentence, which has been suspended for 12 months.
Magistrates said that during this 12-month period, Khoyer must complete a three month alcohol treatment programme, 150 hours of unpaid work and a five day rehabilitation course.
Khoyer must also pay compensation of £100 to PC Curzon and £50 to PC Jones, as well as costs of £135 to the Crown Prosecution Service and a victim surcharge of £115, totalling £400.