Assault Med For Depression 10/08/2010 England Man Attacks his Girlfriend's Sister
Assault Med For Depression 2010-08-10 England Man Attacks his Girlfriend's Sister


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Barrow man is jailed for attack on his girlfriend’s sister

Last updated at 14:38, Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed after he admitted punching and throttling his girlfriend’s sister during a boozy Boxing Day party.

In a separate incident, Joshua James Flynn had to be sprayed with CS gas after he injured a female police officer as he struggled to escape arrest.

Miss Lisa O’Loughlin, prosecuting at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday, told how the first incident started at a family party while children were present.

She said: “Police were called at 11.15pm on December 26 to an address in Broadway, Barrow.

“The victim, Vicky Pickering, his girlfriend’s sister, had injuries to her face and she said she had been attacked by her husband, Lee Pickering and Mr Flynn. She said they were responsible for her injuries.

She said how they (Pickering and Flynn) had all been drinking since about 2pm.

“She said that she started drinking about 4.40pm and was quite merry. She said Joshua had been to the bathroom and broken a shelf.

“She asked him to clean it up but he refused. She then got into an argument with Mr Flynn in the kitchen and he punched her in the face. As she lay on the floor, he then started throttling her. He was eventually pulled off and then her husband started attacking her and forced her out of the house.”

Miss O’Loughlin said Pickering, of Broadway, Barrow, pleaded guilty to assault by beating in January and was given 18 months’ custody, suspended for 12 months.

The prosecutor said: “The next incident was on June 28. Sergeant Mark Rawlinson and PC Joanne Smith saw Flynn cycling along Abbots Vale in Barrow at about 2.15am, carrying another bike.

“Police told him to stop and he swerved into the police vehicle and dropped the bike.

“He admitted stealing the bike he was on but said the bike he had been carrying was his own. PC Smith attempted to handcuff Flynn, but he was very strong and struggled. Sgt Rawlinson tried to help but he was struggling that much PC Smith eventually had to call for help and CS spray had to be used.

“PC Smith was injured as a result and suffered tissue damage and bruising.”

Flynn, of Kent Street, Barrow, pleaded guilty to assault by beating, resisting arrest and taking a bike without consent.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, said his client had a problem with alcohol and all his crimes were committed under the influence.

Mr Roberts added: “He started drinking at the age of 24 when he was made redundant.

“He is also on medication for mental health problems as he suffers from depression and anxiety attacks.

“He panicked when the police arrested him and he fought back. His partner has two young children, aged five and two, that he cares for.”

Mr Roberts asked magistrates to consider giving Flynn a community-based punishment so he could address his alcohol issues and find work. Sentencing Flynn, presiding magistrate, Mrs Jacqui Barnfield, said the incident was so serious she had no option but to sentence him to six months jail.

She added: “For the offence of assault by beating you will spend 180 days in prison. The reason we deem it so seriously is that you committed this while the subject of a community order, it was an alcohol-related offence, it was a breach of trust as you attacked the woman in her own home and there were children present. You also used alcohol-related violence against a police officer. There will be no separate penalty for resisting arrest or taking the bike.”

She also ordered him to pay £75 compensation to Mrs Pickering and £200 to PC Smith.

First published at 13:03, Tuesday, 10 August 2010
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