Police had to restrain teenager who ‘lost it’

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A TEENAGER who ‘lost it’ when his ex-girlfriend returned home in the company of two men has been fined.

Police attended Tideswell Road because of a disturbance and found James Harris-Durkin being restrained by another person.

Eastbourne magistrates heard the 19-year-old was worked up and looked angry when police arrived at the scene.

Despite an officer trying to calm the situation down the defendant did not listen and tried to speak to his ex.

At this point an officer took hold of Harris-Durkin and the defendant swore and threatened to sue them.

Harris-Durkin, who had been looking after his ex’s daughter, then exclaimed, ‘How would you feel if your ex came home with two men while you had been babysitting?’.

Harris-Durkin was told to go home but ignored this advice.

After a member of the public offered to assist the defendant, who had consumed around six lagers, was later cautioned but continued shouting.

When the police car arrived and police tried to get him into it he locked his leg around a bollard.

A further struggle ensued and Harris-Durkin kicked out.

In interview he said his ex had returned home at around 4am with a friend and two guys and it was obvious she had met one that night and that he ‘lost it’.

He pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and resisting a police constable in the execution of their duty.

He also admitted being in breach of a suspended prison sentence.

Representing himself, he said, “I was really worked up. I didn’t want to get nicked that’s why I resisted arrest.

“I had the hump. I was using abusive language and I apologise for that.”

Magistrates fined Harris-Durkin a total of £80 for the two offences and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The matter of breaching his suspended prison sentence will be dealt with at the court where it was imposed.