Norwich man gets custody for injuring police officer when resisting arrest

PUBLISHED: 13:47 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:47 26 February 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


A 20-year-old Norwich man left a police officer needing physiotherapy when he resisted arrest, a court heard.

Billy Newton, of Motum Road, was said to have become aggressive with the officer and pulled away, leaving the officer with soft tissue damage to his shoulder, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Danielle O’Donovan, prosecuting, said the officer had gone to arrest Newton about a matter, which eventually was not proceeded with, but during the course of the arrest he was injured by Newton.

Ms O’Donovan said the officer suffered soft tissue damage to his shoulder which he found painful and which caused him a lot of discomfort and difficulty sleeping.

She said he had to undergo physiotherapy to help overcome the injury.

Newton admitted being in breach of an eight-month suspended sentence imposed for an affray by resisting a police officer in August 2017.

He admitting breaching the same order by harassing a former partner in September 2017.

Ms O’Donovan said that he had made unwanted contact with his former partner despite her making it clear she wanted him to stay away from her and he also made threats to her.

Judge Anthony Bate said that he had committed the offences in breach of a suspended sentence order and imposed a 52-week sentence in a young offender institution and also made a five-year restraining order under which he has to keep away from directly approaching his former partner.

John Morgans, for Newton, said that he suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which caused him to become frustrated.

“His frustrations seem to boil over and he acts in impulsive ways,” he said.

Mr Morgans added: “When he has time to calm down, he really does have an insight into how his behaviour affects other people. He has a genuine insight on the effect his actions have on others.”

He said that Newton had recently got a full-time job and told the judge that he still was just a young man at 20.

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