21st Apr, 2021

Teen who head-butted police officer sentenced to almost a year in Young Offender Institution

A TEENAGER who assaulted a police officer has been sentenced to almost a year in a Young Offender Institution for a number of offences.

Idris Juanja, 18, of Murray Road appeared before magistrates on Wednesday (March 17) where he pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon, committing an offence under Section 4a of the Public Order Act, and assault by beating of an emergency worker.

It comes after police were called to Juanja’s home address on March 9.

Juanja head-butted an officer who was trying to arrest him, and later made derogatory and homophobic comments towards a second officer while in custody.

A week later officers stopped a vehicle in Rugby and, after searching Juanja, found he had an extendable baton on him.

He was arrested, later charged and remanded to Coventry Magistrates’ Court where he admitted all three offences.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks and made to pay £200 compensation for assault by beating of an emergency worker, six weeks for using threatening, abusive or insulting words to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and 23 weeks for possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

All three sentences will be served consecutively.

Ch Supt Ben Smith said: “As police officers, we accept we will be asked to put ourselves in harm’s way to protect others, but this does not mean we expect to be assaulted.

“Like everyone else, emergency service workers have a right to work in a safe environment and to return home safe and uninjured at the end of a shift.

“Assaults of any nature – be they verbal or physical – against emergency service workers are abhorrent, will not be tolerated, and we will look to use the full force of the law to bring those responsible to justice.”

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