Newtown man assaulted girlfriend and bit police

Published date: 17 June 2017 |
Published by: court reporter
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A 24-year-old man who assaulted his girlfriend before biting a police officer has been given a community order.

Scott Robert Thomas Miller, of Afon Way, Newtown, admitted the offences at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court this week.

He also admitted a charge of obstructing five police officers in the execution of their duty, relating to the same incident.

Rhian Jones, prosecuting, said on April 4, Miller had been enjoying a Chinese takeaway with his girlfriend Kelly Hughes at her home, when they began to argue about one of Miss Hughes’ male friends.

Miss Hughes had gone to bed while Miller finished his food. When he followed, the argument continued, with Miller saying: “you don’t deserve a child and you don’t deserve to have me”.

Ms Jones said: “She asked him to get out of the house.

“She texted a friend asking them to ring the police because the defendant would not get out of her property.”

He had then tried to grab her phone and pushed her down. When she tried to leave the house, he shut the door and would not let her past.

Ms Hughes had then gone upstairs and locked herself in the bathroom, but Miller threw himself at the door and knocked her into the towel rail.

He repeatedly pushed her away from the door and would not let her leave.

Ms Jones said: “He kept demanding she give him her phone, but she refused.”

The scuffle continued in the bedroom, with Miss Hughes being pinned to the bed and then knocked onto the floor as Miller continued to grab at her phone. She eventually let go and managed to get downstairs and out of the house.

“The police arrived but the defendant became aggressive and resisted,” said Ms Jones.

“The defendant was shouting and swearing. He was saying he was not going to get into the van because he had work in the morning.”

He had to be handcuffed and had limb restraints put on but continued to resist the five officers, and bit PC Halliday on the arm.

The bite did not pierce the skin but caused reddening and swelling and the officer had to have a tetanus jab.

A week after the incident, Miss Hughes retracted her statement.

The court heard that Miller had previous convictions including assaulting a police officer.

Robert Hanratty, for Miller, said: “The defendant didn’t know why the police were there, he just wanted to go back into the house.

“He had no idea anyone had called the police. It all started off as a misunderstanding.

“Kelly wanted to emphasise that he never struck out at her. She has also said she never felt scared of him. The couple continue in a relationship.”

Miller was handed a two-year community order with 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He must pay £100 compensation to PC Halliday, £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.

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