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​D​efendant tried to bite policeman’s hand

A 20-YEAR-OLD who tried to bite a police officer’s hand following an argument with his father appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court ​last Thursday (Aug 3).

Seree Paginton, 20​,​ of no fixed abo​de,​ pleaded guilty to one charge of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty, in an incident which occurred on July 28.

The court heard that a police officer attended a house in Thomas Street on the date in question with his colleagues following a report from Mr Paginton’s father. They attended the property and found Paginton upstairs, standing by the window and shouting at expletives at the officers.

Police moved the defendant who seemed highly intoxicated. His eyes were glazed and he was unsteady on his feet. He was flailing his arms around and wouldn’t calm down. The officers had to handcuff the defendant as he was becoming more agitated. They tried to take him downstairs but he became rigid and refused, and they had to carry him downstairs.

The defendant tried to bite one of the police officers on his hand, and managed to grab the glove on the officer’s hand and rip it. He was taken outside and placed in a police vehicle. The officer said he felt threatened by Mr Paginton’s behaviour.

Prosecuting, Abul Hussein noted that Paginton had been ‘a frequent visitor’ to the court recently as a result of drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Andrew Isaac​,​ in mitigation​,​ said that Paginton’s father had called the police following an argument in the household.

He explained that the defendant had mental health issues​:​ “This young man has a condition and when the officer put his hand on the defendant’s mouth my client, recklessly, bit instinctively. There was no intention there whatsoever. It was a rip to the officer’s glove, nothing more,” he added, explaining that custody had been ‘scary’ for Paginton.

Paginton was fined £45, and must pay a victim surcharge of £30.