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Suspended sentence for man who assaulted special constable

Wed, 09 Dec 2015

Douglas Courthouse
Douglas Courthouse

A Douglas man who assaulted a special constable in a "stupid moment of madness" has been warned to take a grip of his life after being spared jail.

27-year-old Marc Taggart struck the constable in the face in the early hours of November 7th at Ramsey Bus Station - he also resisted arrest and was found in possession of cannabis.

A bus driver had found Taggart heavily intoxicated and asleep on a bus - police were called and had a warrant for his arrest for non-payment of previous fines.

His advocate told the court it had been a "wreckless" assault and he was asking for another chance saying Taggart had written to the constable involved to apologise.

Sentencing him Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes imposed an 18-week suspended prison sentence telling him he had a "horrendous record" and obviously hadn't learnt from his past mistakes.

She also ordered him to pay £300 in compensation to the constable as well as paying £190 for his new glasses- in addition he was also ordered to pay prosecution costs and was handed a six month licensing ban. 

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