A RECOVERING alcoholic who attacked two police officers when he suffered relapses has been sentenced to six weeks behind bars.
Ben Read, of Harper Avenue, Burton, also assaulted strangers when he went on nights out in Burton on September 21 and 30-, when he was also found to be drunk and disorderly, Burton Magistrates’ Court has been told.
The 32-year-old, who was on bail at the time of the first offence, claimed he could remember little of his actions, admitting to police he was an alcoholic who had relapsed after treatment.
Earlier today, magistrates heard that Read had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly after aggressively towards door staff at Fever. When he was waiting to be admitted to police custody, he became abusive towards the custody sergeant and kicked him.
Nine days later he was back in the cells, after he assaulted two people in The Cottage, in Byrkley Street, and kicked the police officer driving him to the cells, Karen Walton, prosecuting, told the court.
On both occasions, he was found with cannabis.#
He had previously admitted all eight offences.
In mitigation, Neil O’Driscoll said: “During both instances he was clearly intoxicated. He sees that what he did was wrong, but he can’t remember it. He knows he has a problem, he knows he has issues and he wants to resolve his issues.”
Read was planning to seek further help for his addiction, he added.
Magistrates sentenced him to six weeks imprisonment for each the two assaults, and four weeks each for assaulting two police officers. The sentences will run concurrently. There was no separate penalty for others.