Thug hit two cell guards

A THUG lashed out at two cell guards when he was locked up because he had suffered “difficulties” with the two women in his life.

John Cowan was slapped with a fine at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court after he admitted assaulting two police staff members and causing criminal damage.

The unruly 41-year-old was arrested on July 22 after downing alcohol and smoking cannabis, and “struggled violently” as he was being locked up.

Officers James Lawson and Jemma Warren tried to control him, but Cowan lashed out and hit them both in the face.

Ms Warren’s glasses were smashed, cutting her nose, and her lip and cheek were also bruised, while Mr Lawson also suffered cuts and bruising.

The court heard that Cowan had been through two bad break-ups in the last year that had led to harassment charges, and “he felt the gods were against him”.

Town justices ordered Cowan, of Bruce Crescent, Hartlepool, to pay £180 in compensation to Ms Warren for her glasses and injuries, and £100 to Mr Lawson.

He was also ordered to pay £80 in court costs.

Lilian Atkinson, prosecuting, said: “While in the cells he struggled violently and lashed out at detention officers.

“He said in interview that he could not remember anything as he had been drinking and smoking cannabis.

“He was shown CCTV and started to accuse officers of stitching him up.”

John Relton, mitigating, said Cowan had been through a “tough period” that had led to him acting recklessly.

He said: “Last year my client had difficulties with the two women in his life, the mum of his children and the woman who he left her for.

“Neither relationship is now active, and following the breakdown of the girlfriend relationship there were proceedings involving harassment.”

Mr Relton added: “The pressure of all that really got to him and he felt the gods were against him.”

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