Kidwelly man admits assaulting two police officers
A KIDWELLY man assaulted two police officers after believing his partner was with another man, a court heard.
Martin Douglas Kemp, of Water Street, pleaded guilty to four offences relating to his behaviour on Sunday September 1.
The 53-year-old appeared before Llanelli magistrates facing charges of two assaults on police, using threatening words or behaviour, and criminal damage.
Prosecuting, Gerald Neave said: "At around 1.20am on Sunday September 1, a Mr Peter Hales contacted police saying that there was a lunatic outside his house and named that person as Martin Kemp."
When the officers arrived, the court heard that Kemp was being abusive to the claimant shouting and swearing at him.
Mr Neave said: "PC Lewis and PC Garry Cutler attempted to restrain the defendant, but he swiped PC Lewis's arm away."
The court heard that people in the street were affected by the defendant's behaviour.
Informing Kemp that he was being arrested on a public order offence, the officers had attempted to restrain the defendant, the court heard.
Mr Neave said: "The police officers held him by both arms, but he resisted and got PC Lewis in a headlock.
"They pleaded with the defendant to calm down, but he was very powerful and was able to get free from the restraint."
The court heard that during the scuffle, the strap on PC Lewis's wrist watch was broken as well as Kemp causing pain to the back of the officer's neck.
PC Garry Cutler suffered four scratches to his right forearm causing bleeding, added Mr Neave.
The court heard that Kemp had taken a cocktail of prescription medication and alcohol, and was transferred to hospital. Mr Neave said: "He was taken to hospital and throughout the journey he made many attempts to open the door of the ambulance, so had to be restrained by the officers.
"He was kept in until the morning to be assessed by a mental health team."
The court heard that the following day, Kemp could remember little of the incident.
Mr Neave said in interview Kemp said: "I wanted to kill myself. I thought my partner was seeing Peter."
The court heard Kemp "couldn't remember", but accepted the assaults saying "I don't like anyone holding me down, they used to do that to me as a child".
At the time of this offence, Kemp was serving a suspended sentence laid by the crown court. Mitigating, Steven Donoghue said Kemp had believed his partner had a new love interest. Llanelli magistrates felt their sentencing powers too limited to deal with the case and bailed Kemp to appear at Swansea Crown Court on October 15 for sentencing.