'Drug-hazed layabout' who smashed ex's window and assaulted two police officers spared jail

PUBLISHED: 07:55 31 July 2019

Cowell was given a five-month sentence, suspended for two years, at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday.

Cowell was given a five-month sentence, suspended for two years, at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday.

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A Portishead man was spared jail despite assaulting two police officers and fleeing custody.

Shane Jenkins, of Poldon Road, pleaded guilty to escaping custody, assaulting two emergency workers and damaging a property on May 30.

Jenkins received a four-month sentence, suspended for two years at Bristol Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday).

The offences occurred when Jenkins was at his ex-girlfriend's house in High Street.

She told Jenkins, aged 26, to leave her home after he was disrespectful to her.

Jenkins, who had consumed a large amount of alcohol as well as cannabis and cocaine, left the premises.

He later sent text messages threatening to come around again with a brick and smash a window.

At 3.30am Jenkins returned to the house and used a broom to smash the window, which the victim reported to the police.

Two officers, Sergeant Holly Edwards and Inspector Matthew Hawkins, arrived to arrest Jenkins but he shrugged them off as they tried to put handcuffs on him.

Sgt Edwards was pushed back and her arm bashed against a wall, causing her 'unbearable' pain, which later turned into throbbing.

Jenkins then fled the property to his parents' house where he slept and was later arrested and questioned by police.

Defending, William Rose, said: "He's ashamed of his behaviour, which he blames on drinking to excess and taking cocaine and cannabis.

"That very much clouded his judgement, for which he is truly sorry.

"With the right support he can be a useful member of society."

Judge Julian Lambert sent Jenkins into custody for 50 minutes and told him to write letters of apology to the police officers and Ms Main.

Judge Lambert said: "There was an element of malice to breaking the window which left the victim considerably worried and scared.

"In assaulting the officers you are a threat to justice.

"You will use the help given to you and not be a drug-hazed layabout."

Jenkins was ordered to pay £100 in compensation to Sgt Edwards and £50 to Insp Hawkins and will be enrolled in a programme to tackle his substance use.

Jenkins must also complete 80 hours of unpaid work and 20 days of rehabilitation activity.

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