A man who assaulted a PCSO, three police officers and a security officer as they tried to help him, has been jailed.
Carl Nicholson, 51, was involved in a fight with another member of the public when the officers & security officer tried to help him. However, Nicholson aimed his aggression at the officers and ended up assaulting each of them.
Nicholson appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday 27th April and was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to three counts of assaulting emergency workers, assault by beating of an emergency worker, assault by beating, two counts of using racially aggravated words to cause alarm or distress and using threatening, abusive words and behaviour with intent to cause alarm and fear.
The court heard how Nicholson was aggressive and threatening towards a Police Community Support Officer who found him in Preston Street on Friday 24th April after reports that he had been injured during a fight in Western Road.
When the PCSO and two security officers told Nicholson that an ambulance had been called owing to the injuries which he had sustained during the fight, he swore and shouted at them, refusing to co-operate.
Nicholson then struck one of the security officers in the chest before a police officer arrived on the scene. Nicolson then grabbed the officer and tried to head-butt her.
Nicholson then flicked body skin towards the PCSO, saying that he had scabies and that she would now become infected with the disease.
As Nicholson was being conveyed to the Royal Sussex County Hospital to have his injuries checked, he continued to be abusive to the officers.
After being discharged from A&E, Nicholson was taken back to custody. During the trip back to the station, he told another police officer that he had HIV before spitting at him and trying to head-butt him.
Nicholson then kicked a police sergeant and made racist comments towards the officer who he had spat on.
Nicholson was told by the magistrates that he was given a 12-month custodial sentence because they were severe offences committed in public during a pandemic on several emergency workers and a security guard taking them away from other duties.
Brighton and Hove Superintendent Rachel Swinney said:
“Our officers, staff and other security guard workers should not have to deal with being assaulted while carrying out their duties to protect the public.
“In this case they were actually trying to get help for a man who had been injured. Instead they were faced with violence, abuse and the threat of contamination. which was despicable and obviously distressing.
“We hope this conviction goes to show that any such behaviour will not be tolerated.”
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