No jail term for Carmarthen man who attacked 4 officers and pal
A MAN who assaulted four police officers, as well as his friend and threatened to assault a stranger, has avoided a prison sentence.
Paul Jenkins, aged 29, appeared at Swansea Crown Court and admitted assault, four charges of assaulting police officers and one public order offence.
Jenkins, of St Catherine’s Street in Carmarthen, was subject to a conditional discharge and a Crown Court community order when he committed them.
Prosecutor Dean Pulling said, on June 18, Jenkins was seen drunkenly stumbling around the Pondside area of Carmarthen.
Two concerned teenagers were recording him on their phones when Jenkins approached 24-year-old Ben Bush and accused of him of calling him a homophobic term. Jenkins then swung a carrier bag, containing alcohol towards him and Mr Bush tried to hold Jenkins down as police arrived.
He then assaulted three officers as they tried to arrest him by kicking out and digging his nails into their arms.
He had to be sprayed by police and when in the police van he began kicking and butting the cage in the rear of the van.
The following day he admitted drinking cider, lager and vodka and said he felt embarrassed of his actions.
He was charged for that offence on August 5, the day after a second offence where he again assaulted a police officer and his friend.
He had attacked his friend Peter Cannon, who had been living with Jenkins.
Mr Cannon was trying to collect his belongings to leave when Jenkins, who was drunk, pushed him outside before again digging his nails into his arms and dragging them down causing bleeding.
When Mr Cannon tried to push him away, Jenkins punched him to the chest and face.
When police arrived, Jenkins tried to butt one officer, bite the hand of another and told them if they arrested him he would make an allegation they had been homophobic towards him. All escaped serious injury.
Mr Pulling said Jenkins had 72 previous offences, including 52 for slashing tyres in the Uplands area between September and November last year.
Janet Gedrych, for Jenkins, said: “It is clear that this defendant has significant personality deficiencies. He is very clearly a man who is not happy in his own skin and struggles to establish and maintain any social relationships.
“The outcome is this petty, but very disruptive offending, over recent years.
“Whether the offending comes directly out of a need for attention of indirectly by his binge drinking caused by his unhappiness is perhaps a moot point.”
She said he could not receive psychiatric help until he dealt with his drinking.
Judge Keith Thomas said: “I am not at all sure that by not sending you to prison I am taking the right course but having thought long and hard about it and looking at all the options given to me, I am prepared to take a chance in relation to these current offences.”
He imposed a new community order of 18 months which will include supervision, a curfew, and an alcohol activity requirement.