Man tasered after swinging glass at police

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A MAN who was running amok and had tried to smash a pint glass in the face of a police officer was only stopped when a taser was fired at him, a court heard.

David Pemberton admitted affray and criminal damage at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Prosecutor Gary Venturi said Pemberton, 26, of Belmore Close, Buckland, Portsmouth, went to his ex’s home in Wingfield Street on November 14 last year.

Mr Venturi said: ‘It was an emotional day for this defendant marking an anniversary of the loss of a child with a former partner. Mr Pemberton attended his ex-partner’s home address loudly banging on the door trying to get in.’

He added: ‘He was witnessed jumping, damaging, the victim’s vehicle which was parked outside.’

Unemployed Pemberton was seen standing on the bonnet and damaging the wing mirror to an estimated repair of £500.

‘Officers were called and the emotional time for Mr Pemberton was explained,’ Mr Venturi said. ‘They attended his home address, officers looking for him. Officers saw him approaching this address.

‘A female officer, Helen Dowling, was able to get hold of him.

‘He had a pint glass – he swung around in an attempt to smash the glass in her face.

‘That didn’t connect thankfully, the glass flew out his hand, smashing nearby.

‘With both hands he pushed PC Dowling with such force she stumbled over and damaged her elbow.’

Pemberton ran off to his home with PC Dowling following and having to struggle with the front door with Pemberton who had barricaded himself inside.

Pemberton was also throwing items and then tried to set fire to ‘combustibles’ inside the home.

He was only stopped when officers arrived and tasered him.

Pemberton has 74 convictions for 76 offences, the court heard.

Hannah Duncan, defending, said: ‘He was quite clearly under some kind of psychotic episode when this occurred.’

Recorder Michael Parroy QC said: ‘I’m quite satisfied this was a product of a mixture of mental health difficulties, alcohol, drugs and the significance of that particular date and the unhappy history associated with it.’

He imposed a community order for two years, with a thinking skills programme and he must follow advice from his key worker.