Yob punched policeman in the face

A YOB took on a “boxing-style” stance and then punched a police officer twice in the face.

Drunken Leon Robinson had been out in Church Street, Hartlepool, and had spent some time in Shades nightclub before he was thrown out by doormen.

He was shouting at the bouncers in an “agitated” state and police officers approached him to try to calm the situation, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecuting Joanne Hesse said: “The officer took hold of him by the arm and led him away. He broke free and adopted a boxing-style stance and punched the police constable to the face. He then gave a second punch to the bottom of the officer’s chin.

“The defendant was still in the boxing stance so the officer had to withdraw his baton and strike Robinson to the upper thigh.”

In police interview Robinson said that at no point did he strike the officer.

However, Robinson, of Caithness Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty on March 19.

The court also heard that Robinson has a string of previous convictions including two counts of assaulting a police officer in September last year, when he received a six-week jail term.

Mitigating, Stuart Haywood said: “There had been an altercation and my client felt he had been wrongly ejected. The officer tried to remove him forcibly from the scene.

“A quick word to leave the area would have sufficed.”

Chairman of the bench Nigel Guerin adjourned sentencing Robinson until the Probabtion Service has carried out a pre-sentence report, and warned him that a custodial sentence was not being ruled out.