It was the frontline workers who kept us safe during the pandemic – yet some people assault and abuse our police, NHS staff and other emergency workers.
It was the people of Kent who appeared in court in April and were found guilty of assaulting an emergency worker – of the eight listed, none were sent to jail.
Michael Dennis Williams, 39, of Sinkin Close, Hawkinge, Folkestone, found himself before magistrates in Hastings after assaulting a police officer in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, in September last year.
Williams assaulted PC Christopher Franklin-Lester and admitted assaulting an emergency worker when he appeared in the dock on Wednesday April 14.
Magistrates have fined him Â£ 120 and ordered him to pay a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 34 and Â£ 85 in court costs and magistrates will ask for his reimbursements of Â£ 20 per month, to be deducted from his benefits.
While docked, Williams also admitted to being in possession of 13 grams of cocaine on the same day in East Sussex, but received no separate punishment for the offense, but magistrates ordered the destruction of cocaine.
Sean Barry Mabb, 20, from La Scierie Apartments, Victoria Crescent, Ashford, appeared before magistrates in Folkestone on Friday April 16.
Mabb had been charged with common assault against an emergency worker in Kent and pleaded guilty to the offense when he appeared at the wharf.
The court heard that Mabb assaulted PC Packman in January of this year.
He was also charged with obstructing PC Packman the same day, but that charge was withdrawn as he appeared in court.
Magistrates fined him Â£ 133 for assaulting the officer and Mabb was also ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 34 and Â£ 85 in court costs.
Mabb pays what he owes the court at the rate of Â£ 50 per fortnight.
Aragorn Dudley, 27, of Bloomsbury Way, Kennington, Ashford, appeared before magistrates in Folkestone on Wednesday April 14.
The court heard that Dudley had been charged with common assault against an emergency worker in Ashford.
He assaulted PC Frost on March 15 and admitted the offense while docked.
Dudley also admitted three other charges of assault while beating an emergency worker, namely PC Sam Dry, PC Lauren McNeil and PC Bryony Evans in Ashford on the same day.
He also admitted a charge of using threatening behavior on the same day when he appeared in the dock.
Magistrates jailed Dudley for 120 days but suspended his sentence for 12 months, he was also ordered to fulfill a condition of rehabilitative activity with probation for 10 days and to perform 120 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay the officers compensation of Â£ 100 each and a victim surcharge of Â£ 128.
He will reimburse what he owes in court at the rate of Â£ 50 per month.
Ben Foad, 18, from High Street, Herne Bay, appeared in Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Monday April 12 after being charged with assault by beating an emergency worker.
The court heard how Foad assaulted Acting Police Sergeant Ashley Harmen in Dover in September last year.
He had previously denied the offense, but subsequently changed his guilty plea.
While docked, he also admitted a charge of threatening behavior the same day in Dover.
The magistrates have issued an order for the rehabilitation of the young people who will see him participate in a maturity intervention program with the team of young offenders for six days and he will also have to attend appointments with the team of offenders.
He was also ordered to pay the officers compensation of Â£ 25, a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 22 and Â£ 85 in court costs and will reimburse the court at the rate of Â£ 20 per month.
Rachel Matthews, 42, from Albany Road, Chatham, found herself before magistrates in Medway on Friday, April 16, after being charged with two counts of assault by beating an emergency worker.
The court heard Matthews assaulting PC Dolan and PC Chapman in Chatham in October of last year.
She admitted to both offenses when she appeared in the dock.
The magistrates placed her on a 12-month community ordinance which will see her fulfill an obligation of treatment for alcoholism for three months, she was also placed under curfew for three months and must remain at home from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. morning every day.
Matthews was also ordered to pay each officer Â£ 100 compensation, a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 95 and Â£ 85 in court costs.
She will repay what she owes in court at the rate of Â£ 20 per month.
Sian Cook, 34, from Wrangleden Road, Maidstone, appeared before magistrates in Medway on Monday, April 12, after being charged with three offenses.
The court heard that Cook had been charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and also failing to go into custody.
Cook admitted all three offenses when she appeared in the dock and the bench heard she assaulted PC Stopher and Detention Officer Hill, in Maidstone in March.
The court also heard that she did not attend Maidstone Magistrates’ Court for a hearing on April 6.
Magistrates have placed her under a 12-month community order, which will require her to be placed under curfew for six weeks.
During this time, she must stay inside her house during the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day.
The cook must also complete a rehab activity requirement with probation for 20 days.
She was also ordered to pay officers compensation of Â£ 50 each and will reimburse what she owes at a rate of Â£ 5 per week.
Ryan Zuczok, of Mount Road, Chatham, appeared before magistrates in Medway on Wednesday April 7 to be sentenced in three cases, after admitting the charges at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how Zuczok assaulted two rescuers, namely two police officers in Rochester in December.
He was charged with common assault against PC Walden and PC Lawrie.
Zuczok had also admitted a charge of criminal damage in connection with the damaging of certain doors in Rochester on the same day which belonged to a woman.
The magistrates placed him on an 18-month community ordinance which will oblige him to fulfill an obligation to treat alcoholism for six months.
The order will also see him placed under curfew for four months and he will have to stay home from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day.
He must also fulfill a condition of rehabilitation activity with probation for 50 days.
Zuczok was also ordered to pay each officer Â£ 100 compensation and pay the woman Â£ 500 in compensation for damage to her gates. A restraining order was also issued for one year preventing her from contacting her.
He was also ordered to pay Â£ 85 in court costs.
Terry David Beaton, 26, of Dale View, Slade Green, appeared before magistrates in Maidstone on Tuesday, April 13, after being charged with several misdemeanors.
The court heard how Beaton was charged with assault by beating an emergency worker, after an incident in Greenhithe in March.
He admitted to assaulting PC Walker in the city and a simple assault on a woman that occurred in December in the same city.
Beaton also admitted to harassing the same woman in March this year by texting her WhatsApp and entering her home without her knowledge and sitting in her loft.
He also admitted two counts of criminal damage relating to damaging a wooden rocking horse worth Â£ 40 and a police van worth Â£ 80 in March.
The magistrates placed him on an 18-month community ordinance which will see him fulfill an obligation of abstinence from alcohol for a period of 120 days, he must also fulfill a condition of rehabilitation activity with probation for 12 days and perform 120 hours of unpaid work within 12 months. It will also be monitored during this time by an electronic tag.
He was also ordered to pay Â£ 40 in compensation for damage to the rocking horse and Â£ 100 in compensation to PC Walker.
A restraining order was also imposed on him not to contact or approach the woman he assaulted and harassed.
Beaton will reimburse what he owes the court at the rate of Â£ 10 per fortnight.
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