Drug addict assaulted carer and police officer

A SCHIZOPHRENIC from Wigan who battered his care worker before head-butting a police officer has been jailed.

Lee Hamill, of Bolton Road, Aspull, pleaded guilty at Wigan Magistrates’ Court to assaulting John Marnic and causing criminal damage following an attack on December 14.

The 28-year-old defendant also admitted attacking PC Aspinal, of Wigan Police, on January 4.

Mr Marnic called at Hamill’s home to ensure he was taking medication for his mental health problems.

Hamill, who is addicted to amphetamines, demanded to be taken to a shop in Hindley to return a television he’d bought,

But he turned angry when Mr Marnic, fearing Hamill would use the cash to buy drugs, refused to take him. Hamill had recently had his allowance stopped after running up debts.

Katie McFarlane, prosecuting, said the defendant started shouting abuse before blocking the front door.

Mr Marnic backed away but Hamill slapped him in the back of the head.

Hamill then punched the victim twice in the back of the head, knocking him off balance, before putting him in a head-lock.

Mr Marnic managed to break free and ran out of the house.

Ms McFarlane said the victim had suffered pains in the back of his head, neck and shoulder, since the incident.

On January 4, PC Aspinal called at Hamill’s home after concerns over missed hospital appointments and after contact from his landlord.

The court heard Hamill appeared agitated and aggressive and told the officer that he could only be taken to hospital by his dad.

Hamill tried to flee the house but the officer grabbed him by both arms.

The defendant then attempted to kick PC Aspinal before throwing his head back which hit the officer’s left eye. Both men fell to the floor and Hamill was apprehended.

Bob Topping, defending, said Hamill had serious mental health problems and had a “love, hate” relationship with amphetamines.

He added Hamill’s behaviour was a response to the situations he found himself in.

Mr Topping said: “Thankfully the injuries were not particularly serious. He can also been given credit for pleading guilty straight away.

“Many people put a lot of effort into this young man. Although magistrates would be justified in locking him up, it would be a temporary solution.”

Hamill, who has 13 previous convictions, was given a 12-month condition discharge in September for a separate offence.

He was ordered by magistrates to serve a four-month prison sentence.