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Jail for Margate man who admitted punching police officer

PUBLISHED: 16:03 08 November 2017

David Leen

David Leen

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The officer suffered multiple fractures and required hospital treatment

A 25-year-old man who punched a police officer in Margate has been jailed for 22 months.

David Leen of Salmestone Road was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

The court heard how on July 30 the officer was called to a report of criminal damage at a pub in Margate.

When the officer was reviewing CCTV and carrying out enquiries at the pub, Leen became aggressive towards him and started to make threatening comments.

Leen was shortly asked to leave and was escorted from the pub out onto Margate Road. He then warned the officer he wanted to hit him and threatened to do so when he next found him off duty.

Following further threats Leen punched the officer in the face causing multiple fractures, which required hospital treatment. He was immediately arrested for assault and taken into custody.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Kerry Whiting said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on an officer who was just trying to do his job.

“He was carrying out enquiries for a genuine victim of crime when Leen became aggressive towards him and disrupted those enquiries. He even threatened to hurt him when off duty. This is absolutely unacceptable.

“Kent Police will not tolerate such acts of violence towards anyone and whilst our officers can expect a certain level of danger, they should never be subjected to treatment like this.

“Thankfully Leen has been jailed for this attack and we hope the sentence sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they are above the law.”

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