Man, 23, abused police

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POLICE were forced to drag a man onto the street in his boxer shorts after he repeatedly threatened them and hurled abuse.

Daniel Tran was awoken by officers on September 9 as they attempted to track down a suspect in an unrelated crime.

But Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how Tran, 23, lost his cool after police twice knocked on the door of a property on Ormskirk Road in Pemberton at about 11.30am.

The defendant only opened the blinds after the officers’ first attempt before swinging the front door open and screaming in one of the officers’ faces after the second attempt.

When the officer asked Tran to stop swearing, he replied “shut up, I know my rights” before continuing to threaten and verbally abuse the officer at the top of his voice.

At one point he even clenched his fists and claimed he would knock the officer out.

Prosecutor Mike Ardern told how members of the public in the area had been “clearly shocked” by Tran’s aggressive outburst.

With that in mind, the officer dragged Tran out of the property, forced him against the shutters of the neighbouring shop and, with the help of his colleague, placed him under arrest.

Tran struggled violently as he was restrained and handcuffed before repeatedly kicking out at the cage in the police van.

He pleaded not guilty to using threatening or abusive words with intent to cause fear of violence, but was convicted after trial.

Mark Ferguson, defending, told how Tran, of County Road, Liverpool, had been visiting his father that day and was asleep on the couch when the police arrived.

He described his client’s response as “unplanned and impulsive” but argued that his client had made no attempt to strike the officer and had no previous convictions for assault.

Magistrates handed Tran a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement and a six-week curfew from 7pm-7am.

They also ordered him to pay £175 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.