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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbrian man who threatened to cut off woman's head jailed

A man who screamed that he was going to cut off his estranged partner’s head and tried to drive away with a policewoman hanging out of his car window has been jailed.

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Simon Graham

Simon Graham, who was jailed for three years, terrified onlookers by shouting threats and driving away while the officer was leaning out of his car, before kicking her in the back.

Carlisle Crown Court was told that the 38-year-old was only brought under control when police used spray and restraints.

Graham, of Kilbride Place, Frizington, pleaded guilty to affray, damaging property and causing actual bodily harm.

The court heard that Graham went to the house of his estranged partner on Newlands Avenue, Whitehaven, at about 8am on September 11 last year.

Police were called after Graham had tried to get into the house and climbed scaffolding surrounding it.

A policewoman arrived and managed to talk him down from the scaffolding, but he was able to escape to his car.

She leaned into the front window and tried to grab the keys but he reversed with her hanging out of the window for about five metres.

Brendan Burke, prosecuting, said: “He was shouting that he was going to slice [his partner’s] head off.

“He then got out of the car and said to the policewoman, ‘Right then, come here, I’m going to have you.’

“He kicked the police constable in the back and the police used spray and restraints to bring him under control.”

The court heard that the policewoman suffered a torn groin muscle, as well as a soft tissue injury from the kick.

In a victim statement, she explained that the incident had affected her confidence in carrying out her duties.

Graham, who has 29 previous convictions, appeared in the dock wearing a white T-shirt with light-coloured trousers and black-framed glasses.

Judge Paul Batty QC said:“The brave police officer managed to talk you down, however, when you got into your car that brave officer leaned in to get the keys.

“She suffered a torn groin muscle and you uttered further threats to her and kicked her in the back.

“The impact on that officer has been considerable and has severely affected her confidence in the job that she enjoyed and loved.

“She has been greatly affected by this violent and cowardly act.”

In mitigation, the court heard that Graham had manage to stay away from trouble during a period where he did not take drugs.

Defence barrister Marion Weir said: “This is an extremely unattractive offence but between 2008 and the present his offending has slowed down.

“He has had issues with authority in the past. He wishes to apologise to the officer and is somewhat stunned by his actions.”

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