Cop assaulted when shoe flew off prisoner’s foot

Mansfield Magistrates Court
Mansfield Magistrates Court

A young man from Worksop who accidentally assaulted a police officer while in custody has been spared jail.

Jason Peacock, 19, of Lincoln Street, admitted driving without insurance and while disqualified at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that Peacock had been spotted driving a Ford Mondeo on Radford Street in Worksop on November 17 - ten days before he was disqualified for motoring offences committed earlier in the year.

He was arrested on November 30 and held at Newark police station where, in a fit of anger, he kicked a cup, his shoe flew off, ricocheted off the cell wall and hit the custody sergeant on the ankle.

The court heard that Peacock was already the subject of two community orders for theft and driving offences. On July 15 he admitted stealing £200 of pans and utensils from the Lockkeeper pub in Worksop on March 20, and industrial ladders worth £200 from an address on Newcastle Avenue on April 21. On November 27 he admitted driving when disqualified on three occasions in April and May.

Amanda Holmes, defending, said: “He was told he was going to court and he accepted that he behaved badly.”

She described Peacock as a ‘slightly vulnerable and immature young man’ who would be ‘vulnerable to bullying’ in prison and said she was ‘concerned about his ability to cope’.

Cheryl Nisbet, of the probation service, said: “I think it’s fair to say there has been a pattern of stupid decisions. He tends to offend with another young man who has similar difficulties.”

Peacock suffers from ADHD and is dyslexic.

Mansfield magistrates revoked the community order of July 15 and re-sentenced Peacock to a total of 15 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

The community order of November 27 will continue and a 7pm to 7am curfew will remain in place. He was ordered to pay compensation of £30 to the police officer and a criminal courts charge of £150. He was also disqualified for 12 months.