Yob attacked cop after row with partner

WALKING FREE ... Daniel Smith, after being handed a suspended sentence.
WALKING FREE ... Daniel Smith, after being handed a suspended sentence.

A THUG narrowly escaped jail after threatening to kill his girlfriend, her parents, and then assaulting a police officer leading him to the cells.

Daniel Smith was having a row with his partner after returning home from a night out when her father came out to find out what the problem was.

When Smith’s girlfriend went inside the house in Jarrow, he kicked at the front door, breaking the lock, then smashing the glass.

Smith appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, having admitted criminal damage, using threatening and abusive words with intent to cause fear of violence and assaulting a police constable, at an earlier hearing.

Magistrates handed him an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years.

The court heard that Smith’s girlfriend did not give a police statement into the incident, and the pair left court hand in hand after he was freed.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said the incident happened at 1.34am on January 11, when the father was waiting for his daughter and her boyfriend to return home.

She said: “He heard his daughter and her boyfriend arguing.

“She went into the house but Smith became very aggressive and stated he was going to kill the man, his wife and his daughter.

“He was very intoxicated, and kicked out at the door, breaking the lock mechanism.

“The police were called.”

In a victim statement read out in court, the man said: “We have done our best to take Daniel into our home but then he has shown us what kind of person he is.

“I don’t want him near me or my family again. My daughter deserves better.”

After he was arrested, Smith was being led to a cell at South Shields Police Station when he tripped up an officer and kicked out at him when he was on the floor.

The officer suffered scratches and grazes to his knee.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “The reality of the conviction is that he is someone who has major problems with alcohol. When he has problems with alcohol, it causes problems for other people.

“He has got to change if he doesn’t want to spend increasing amounts of time in custody.

“You could send him to prison for a short time, and he will come out with the same problems.

“Alternatively, you can give him a suspended sentence order and tell him that he has to comply with probation and address his issues.

“He doesn’t want to end up in and out of prison.”

Elaine McCulloch, chairman of the bench, told Smith: “We feel that the offence is so serious that it passes the custody threshold.

“You will be jailed for 18 weeks for the assault on a police officer, and for eight weeks for using threatening and abusive words, which will run concurrently.

“There will be no separate charge for the criminal damage offence.

“We have taken into account your early guilty plea, and will suspend the sentence for two years.”

The sentence includes a 24- month supervision order, with a 12-month alcohol treatment programme.

Smith, of Rothbury, Tunstall Bank in Ryhope, Sunderland, was also ordered to pay £350 compensation for the criminal damage to the door, £75 to the police officer, a victim surcharge of £80 and court costs of £85.