Man barricaded door to police

A Berwick man who blocked his front door to stop his partner escaping and police from getting in has been sentenced.

Friday, 20th April 2018, 2:39 pm
Berwick-upon-Tweed Magistrates' Court.

Philip McArdle, 30, of Palace Street, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assault by beating and criminal damage to property.

Berwick Magistrates’ Court heard that the offences took place on March 19 after the defendant had consumed a large quantity of wine.

James Long, prosecuting, said: “He had been drinking three bottles of wine during the morning, went to Tesco pharmacy to get his methadone and bought two more bottles of wine. When he got home, his mood changed and he became verbally abusive to his partner, threw her to the floor and kicked her.”

The court heard that he also threw two vases to the floor, caused other damage and ripped out the phone line as his partner tried to call the police. Magistrates were told that when police arrived, the defendant barricaded the front door with a sofa and told them they would need a negotiator.

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Eventually, officers managed to get the door open for his partner to escape and they used CS spray to incapacitate the defendant and arrest him.

Ian O’Rourke, in mitigation, said: “It was an appalling incident and he acknowledged that. He takes full responsibility for his behaviour.”

The defendant had alcohol and drugs issues, he added.

After reading pre-sentence reports, magistrates handed the defendant a 12-month community order with a requirement for up to 25 days of rehabilitation activity and a six months’ drug rehabilitation requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim and given a restraining order not to cause distress or alarm to the victim.