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Great Park business owner punched a PC in the throat when she tried to intervene in a domestic dispute UK News

A business leader who hit a police officer in the throat as she tried to intervene immediately with her companion was spared from prison.

Brandon Freeman had been out in Newcastle city center with his partner when they were refused entry to a popular club because it was full. A court heard that after failing to enter Soho Rooms, Freeman’s partner had an argument with door staff.

A PC and his colleague who happened to pass by felt that the couple were arguing and that Freeman was yelling at him. The officer grabbed his arm with the intention of ‘providing advice’, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

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Liam O’Brien, prosecuting, said: “He responded by turning around and punching her hard. He didn’t realize she was a police officer when he lashed out, but he was all the same nonetheless. completely illegal to resort to the use of violence.

“On realizing he had punched a police officer, he attempted to flee the scene and was found hiding a short distance behind a bin in an alley and arrested.”

The court heard the PC say the blow with Freeman’s arm was painful and left her breathless. She said: “I don’t think I should be hit just for doing my duty and I think a male member of the public would assault a female police officer.”

Freeman, 24, of Willowbay Drive, Great Park, Newcastle, was given a 20-month suspended sentence in April last year for bodily harm and common assault offences. For the latest offence, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a rescue worker, which took place after the injury but before he was convicted for it.

Judge Julie Clemitson imposed a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work, £1,200 in costs and £100 in compensation.

Defending Tony Cornberg said Freeman has matured considerably since the attack and now has two young children and started a business. He added that he was remorseful.

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