Suicidal man attacked police

Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19
Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19

A man has been jailed for 12 weeks after he attacked two police officers who were trying to take him to hospital after he had attempted to take his own life.

Paul Dickinson, 22, took an overdose of tablets and was “unresponsive” when paramedics and officers were called to him in a hostel at Quay Road, Bridlington.

But he later began a sustained attack of hitting and kicking out, which included biting one officer and putting another in a head lock, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.

Defending, Ed Cunnah said: “The defendant is told he has to go to hospital but he doesn’t want to.

“He is fighting with the police because he does not want them to take him to hospital.

“This is s sad situation. It is not the first time he has attempted suicide.”

Dickinson appeared before the court via video link from prison. The court heard that he had ended up living at the hostel after becoming homeless, and that on the day of the offence, May 2, he had taken an overdose of tablets prescribed for his depression.

Noting that he was not a violent person by nature, District Judge Frederick Rutherford said he would give Dickinson the least possible sentence.

But he added: “This was a sustained attack on individuals who were trying to carry out their lawful duty which was to try to assist you.

“It is good luck that one of the individuals was not more seriously injured as a result of your attack.”

Dickinson pleaded guilty to two counts of assault Pc, one of assault by beating, and one of criminal damage to a steel watch strap valued at £20 which belonged to one of the officers attemping to take him to hospital.

After serving part of his jail sentence, Dickinson will be released on licence when he will be supervised by the probation service.

He was also ordered to pay £150 court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.