Man brought hands up to officer’s throat in assault of policeman

A police sergeant was assaulted as he helped fellow officers arrest a Sutton Bridge man at his home.

Graham Paul Day kicked Sgt Dan Brigginshaw and brought his handcuffed hands up to the officer’s throat, Boston Magistrates’ Court heard today (Wednesday).

The arrest came after police attended the property in Withington Street at 12.30am on March 10, following a call by Day about a disturbance there.

Prosecutor Paul Wood said police had received a further call from another person in the house.

Officers decided to arrest Day who was “in drink and got angry”.

“Sgt Brigginshaw helped the officers to take Mr Day out of the address and put him in the van. As he did so, the police describe Mr Day going to headbutt an officer. He didn’t but kicked Sgt Brigginshaw in the right shin.

“He pushed up with his hands, which were cuffed, and caught the sergeant on the throat, causing him pain but no injury.”

Day pleaded guilty to common assault of an emergency worker.

Mitigating, Dean Bowers said Day had become upset because it was he who had called the police first but, on their arrival, the police officers had gone straight to the other complainant.

He felt he was being arrested over an allegation which was a lie.

“It’s right to say they could and should have dealt with it in a different way,” added Mr Bowers, who said that did not excuse Day’s behaviour.

The court was told that Day is close to completing a 12-month community order sentence for

He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £200 compensation to Sgt Brigginshaw and £85 costs.

Magistrates were told that no prosecution was brought regarding the reason for Day’s arrest.

Leave a Reply