Man broke Pc’s hand after fleeing arrest

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A man was heard laughing hysterically after running away from a police officer having broke a bone in her hand, a court heard.

Police were called to the home of Andrew Haggarty in Garrison Lane, Great Waldingfield, after he injured two people in an assault. But when attempts were made to arrest him, the 41-year-old fled.

Prosecutor Ian Devine told Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday that Haggarty had got into a fight with the former husband of his partner, Lisa King, after he had been called to the house by his 12-year-old son.

“When Richard King arrived with his sister Emma, the defendant was goading him and looking for a fight,” said Mr Devine.

“He grabbed Mr King’s clothing and went for him, but Emma got in between them. They were pushed to the ground by the force of Mr Haggarty’s weight.”

Mr Devine said Emma King had described Haggarty as being aggressive when they arrived at the house and said he had “flew” at her brother.

He added that another witness, Danny Foster – brother of Lisa King – had seen punches exchanged, with Haggarty instigating the scuffle.

The court heard that when Pc Elizabeth Harper went to the address on December 8, she had initially been refused entry by Haggarty, but his partner let her in.

Mr Devine said Pc Harper had smelt alcohol on Haggarty’s breath and decided to arrest him.

“She started to caution him and then he ran from her, out of the house and down a dark lane,” said Mr Devine.

“She followed and located him on a park bench where she placed a cuff on his wrist and tried to restrain him, but he threw her in the air and she fell, hitting her head.”

At this point, Pc Harper grabbed her CS spray and tried to use it before assistance arrived.

Mr Devine said another officer, Pc Anne Hart, had found Haggarty to be intoxicated and aggressive when she went to the house. He also made comments about her being a lesbian.

“When Pc Hart found her colleague and the defendant after he ran off, she said she heard him laughing in a hysterical manner,” he said.

Pc Harper suffered a broken left metacarpal – a bone in her hand – in the incident, while Emma King suffered bruising to her ankle and Mr King a bang on the head.

Haggarty pleaded guilty to assaulting Emma and Richard King, assault with intent to resist arrest and obstruction of a police officer at an earlier hearing.

In mitigation, Malcolm Plummer said his client was normally a mild-mannered man and alcohol had contributed to his “unacceptable behaviour”.

Haggarty was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and pay compensation of £500 to Pc Harper and £100 each to Emma and Richard King.