Mourner from Blackburn hit out at police on way home from funeral
5:45pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
POLICE were called when a couple fell out after returning from a funeral.
Blackburn magistrates heard officers were taking Jason Michael Perry away from the home when a neighbour came out and told him to shut up because he was keeping his children awake.
Perry became even more agitated because of the neighbours’ input and ended up struggling with the police.
Perry, 40, of Walsh Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to assaulting police officer and resisting another.
He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
A charge of assaulting Sophie Atkinson was withdrawn.
Claire Grant, prosecuting, said Perry had sworn at the officers and shouted abuse but went with them to wait for a van.
The neighbour had been disturbed and came out to have his say. “The defendant became abusive towards the neighbour,” said Mrs Grant. “He became very agitated and seemed to be working himself into a state.”
Mrs Grant said Perry began to struggle and kicked out, catching one of the officers on the leg. The other was pushed into a wall before he was taken to the floor and handcuffed.
John Rusius, defending, said Perry had been very close to his brother-in-law who had died and he and his partner were both very emotional.
“It was not a pre-meditated act, it was in the heat of the moment, set against the events of the day,” he said.