Community order for drug user who assaulted officer

Court news.
Court news.

A 31-year-old Belchford man, who admitted to a regular cocaine habit, exhibited “bizarre” behaviour when he came out of the toilet and assaulted his host and her friend, as well as a police officer who was called to the scene of the private party in a house at Roughton Moor.

Robert John Vernon, 31, of Main Road, Belchford, had at a previous hearing admitted assaulting Charlotte Temple, Ben Lambert and PC Gary Young, as well as possessing two grams of cocaine on November 29, and was appearing for sentence at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that Vernon had no recollection of what had happened at a friend’s house where he had been having a drink and had been exhibiting “perfectly normal behaviour” until he went to the toilet and then came out.

He said Vernon punched Ms Temple, in whose house he was, and then her friend Ben Lambert, who came to her aid.

Mr Todd said that Vernon also assaulted PC Gary Young who had been called to the scene.

Vernon, who was not represented at the sentencing hearing, said he was “very ashamed and remorseful.”

He told the magistrates that he had no recollection of the incident because of substance abuse and was “very sorry” to everyone involved. He said: “I was taking cocaine regularly but I’ve stopped now.”

The magistrates imposed a 12-month community order and ordered Vernon to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £100 to PC Young and £75 to Ms Temple as well as £85 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.