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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Carlisle man spared jail sentence for attack on policeman

A man who headbutted a police officer and shouted insults he claimed to have read on Facebook has avoided being sent to prison.

Matthew Dudley, 25, has been sentenced by magistrates after admitting charges of being drunk and disorderly in a public place and assaulting a police officer on April 20.

They heard problems, in part, may have been caused by a cyst on his brain.

Diane Jackson, prosecuting at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, said Dudley, of the city’s Osborne Avenue, off Wigton Road, had been ejected from The Crown pub in Botchergate at about 1am.

The court heard that when police officers became involved he shouted at one of them: “You’re nothing but a civil servant – you can’t tell me what to do”.

Dudley then pushed the officer in the chest and yelled abuse at him before Dudley headbutted the officer on the right cheek.

At an earlier hearing the court had heard Dudley claimed to have seen the insults about civil servants on Facebook.

John Smith, defending, told the sentencing magistrates that Dudley’s memory of the incident was “hazy” but this was not entirely due to the alcohol he had consumed.

Mr Smith said: “He (Dudley) has a problem with a cyst on his brain and it has an effect on him.”

The solicitors added that his client had always been a working man but recently had to give up a job because he could not drive due to the cyst.

Dudley was told at a hearing earlier this month he may face prison but magistrates decided not to impose a custodial sentence, and fined him £145. He was also handed a community order and placed on a 10-week curfew.

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