A SCARBOROUGH man has been ordered to carry out unpaid work and pay compensation after punching a policewoman in the face.
Richard Michael Ferry, 24, of James Street, admitted the charge when he appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.
He also pleaded guilty to obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty after a male officer tried to reswtrain him.
The court heard how Ferry had been at the West Riding pub in Castle Road on November 6 when a fight broke out at around 10.40pm.
Police officers attended and found the defendant outside the pub with an injury to his hand.
Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said that officers had described him as being “drunk and very aggressive”.
He added that Mr Ferry then walked off towards the Marmaris Grill takeaway and was approached by a female police officer.
In her report following the incident she said: “He came towards me with both arms outstretched with his hands in fists.
“He struck me hard with his right fist in the face and he kicked or stamped on me when I was on the ground.”
The officer is said to have been left “extremely shaken and shocked” and suffered a bruised and swollen face.
The policeman who tried to help his colleague said Ferry was “thrashing about and shouting abuse at officers” while kicking out with both feet.
Shaun Greenan, mitigating, said that the defendant apologises unreservedly to the officers in question.
He said: “He realises his actions were wholly unacceptable and bitterly regrets the way he responded to police involvement.”
Mr Greenan told the court that the night in question had started as a perfectly amicable evening.
Ferry had been at the pub with his sister and partner and had got into a conversation with some locals.
Mr Greenan said: “He said he was from West Yorkshire and what started off as banter escalated to an argument.”
He added that Ferry has a record “littered with problems with the police and alcohol”, but had not consumed any alcohol since the incident and was in full-time employment.
Mr Greenan added that the defendant was also in a stable relationship and that his girlfriend was due to give birth in May.
Ferry was given a 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was ordered to pay £200 in compensation to the policewoman and £85 court costs.