Attempting to headbutt police officer costs Ipswich man dear

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

Attempting to headbutt a police officer while resisting arrest has cost a 44-year-old Ipswich man nearly £200.

Dean Edwards, of Dereham Avenue, admitted resisting a police officer when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The offence occurred on March 10.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said an officer was called to an unrelated incident and arrested Edwards.

He was handcuffed and put in the rear of a police vehicle. Edwards was drunk and abusive.

The officer opened the vehicle’s door and bent down to calm Edwards, who was swearing and tried to headbutt him.

Edwards did not make contact, but had to be restrained.

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The court heard Edwards had 32 previous convictions.

Larissa Hutson, mitigating, said her client accepted he had been drunk at the time, and on a community order.

Edwards had no particular explanation for his behaviour.

He had come to Ipswich from Huddersfield five months ago after rekindling a relationship through Facebook with an old flame who is married.

Magistrates fined Edwards £80 and ordered him to pay costs of £85. He must also pay £20 to the victims’ fund.