23rd Jan, 2020

Teen punched and threatened PCSO in city centre

Worcester Editorial 1st Jun, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A WORCESTER teen has been ordered to pay compensation after he punched a PCSO and threatened to bite his nose off.

Lewis Barnes, of Henwick Road in St John’s, pleaded guilty to the assault at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (May 27) after he made threats and threw punches at police community support officer, Nathan Stevenson, on April 23 this year.

At around 7.35pm, the PCSO was in a police car driving through The Trinity in Worcester when he noticed the 18-year-old coming towards him in an aggressive manner, shouting “what” and puffing out his chest, court heard.

Prosecuting, Adrian Jones, said: “The PCSOs drove around the block and asked CCTV operators to monitor him. He was seen becoming aggressive towards an unknown female. When they returned, Barnes had gone into Coral Bookmakers. He started shouting ‘don’t come near me’, ‘I will bite your nose off’ and ‘I don’t like police’.

“He continued to shout verbal abuse to the police officers as an off-duty officer tried to move him away. Barnes ran towards the PCSO shouting ‘stop looking at me’ and threatening to bite his nose off.

“He threw a punch and missed. The officer tried to restrain him. He then threw two more punches, which made contact with his face, below the eye. A third punch also connected.”

The assault placed him in breach of a conditional discharge imposed in February for criminal damage, court heard.

Belinda Ariss, defending, said: “The date was his 18th birthday. He went out in the day to celebrate and had too much to drink. He recalls there being an incident but couldn’t explain why he behaved that way.

“This was definitely was a one-off for him. He was embarrassed and is very sorry. He has asked me to apologise to the court on his behalf.”

As part of a 12-month community order, Barnes was ordered to go to a senior attendance centre every Tuesday for two hours where he will be taught drug and alcohol awareness and educational work.

He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to the officer, an £85 victim surcharge and £50 costs.

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