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2nd Jul, 2022

Drunk Stratford man who kicked policeman in genitals escapes jail

A POLICE officer was kicked in the genitals after arresting a Stratford man for being drunk and disorderly.

But, despite being subject to a suspended prison sentence at the time, Dominic Maynard escaped being jailed when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court.

Maynard, of Lodge Road, Stratford, had pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly, assaulting an emergency worker and being in breach of his 20-month suspended sentence.

That was allowed to continue by Recorder Francesca Levett who doubled the period for which it was suspended and a drug rehabilitation requirement from one to two years.

And the 30-year-old was given a 12-month community order, also with a drug rehabilitation order, for the new offences.

In September, Maynard had been given the suspended sentence for possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and having a bladed article.

Since then, he had breached the order by failing to turn up for three appointments.

Then in June, his father called the police to report Maynard, who was drunk and had taken drugs, was asking to borrow money and causing a nuisance outside his home.

And when officers arrived he refused to move away or to have assistance from an ambulance.

Police were called three times that night after he kept returning and continued to shout in the street.

He was arrested when he became aggressive towards PC Iain Walke. Maynard became volatile and pushed PC Walker, so he and another officer took him to the floor where he kicked out, hitting PC Walker’s legs and genital area.

Queenie Djan, defending, said Maynard made ‘frank admissions’ at the first opportunity and immediately regretted his behaviour which was due to being intoxicated. She added Maynard, has struggled with drug addiction since age 14, but had continued to take up his Methadone prescription to tackle his heroin use. She also said resulting brain bleeds had caused him memory loss.

When asked, Maynard admitted to Reorder Levett he had been taking crack and heroin that day.

Of his current drug-use, he added: “I took heroin yesterday, but I haven’t taken any tablets since Saturday.”

Recorder Levett told Maynard: “You have breached the terms of the suspended sentence order as you failed to attend appointments, and you have also committed two further offences

“You have been frank with me today and accepted you took heroin yesterday. You need help.

“It is unacceptable for you to take no responsibility for the impact your offending has on the wider public and particularly on emergency workers.

“Despite being given the opportunity of support and assistance, you have continued to take heroin. The suspended sentence was your opportunity to take control of your life, and you have failed to do so.

“But hearing that you have attended a large number of appointments despite being ravaged by addiction, I am going to give you one last chance.”

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