A SCARBOROUGH man could be jailed after he threw conifer plants at a policeman before lunging at him and punching him in the head.
Darren Kilby, 39, of North Marine Road, was “completely unprovoked” by the officer, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard.
He admitted a charge of resisting arrest, but pleaded not guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.
However, Kilby did not turn up for his trial and was convicted of all offences.
Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, said: “The PC saw the defendant on North Marine Road.
“Without reason he stopped outside an Italian restaurant and ripped plants out of flowerpots and threw them at the officer.
“The officer told him to stop swearing and to calm down, but he lunged towards him, grabbed the officer’s jacket and shook him.
“He was shouting ‘I’m going to do you,’ and there was a scuffle.”
The court heard that Kilby then walked up the road, kicking rubbish from bins, as the police officer called for assistance.
As officers tried to detain Kilby, he again became violent.
“He again lunged and grabbed the officer by the neck,” Mr Ovenden added. “The defendant started throwing punches - there were blows to the PC’s cheek bone and right temple.
“He was taken to the floor and arrested, but he continued to lash out.”
The officer suffered no visible injuries following the incident.
Shaun Greenan, mitigating, said: “My client did wish to put his side forward at a trial, but his non-attendance was a mistake on his part.
“On this day he had been drinking to excess - that affected his ability to deal with the situation. He had been subject to abuse earlier which is why he was upset.
“He has physical, emotional and mental issues.”
Kilby had only previously been in trouble for motoring offences and for non-payment of a TV licence on three occasions.
Chairman of the Bench Delia Liddle ordered that a pre-sentence report is prepared by the probation service.
She said: “These offences are serious enough to consider a custodial penalty.”
Kilby’s sentencing hearing will be held on June 27.