Man convicted of assaulting a police officer refused a retrial


Barry Jones

A MAN ordered to pay £100 compensation to a policeman he was convicted of assaulting maintained his innocence after being refused a retrial by magistrates at Welshpool Court on Tuesday.

Michael Anthony Evans, 57, of The Smithy, Carreghofa Lane, Llanymynech, was also given a six month community order with supervision and was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

An application for prosecution costs of £620 to include abortive trial costs was cut by magistrates to £150.

Michael Davies, for Evans, said a not guilty plea had been entered and a trial date was originally fixed and changed to July 1 when Evans failed to appear due to depression and an infection, but he was found guilty in his absence of assaulting PC Weston at Pant on September 7 last year.

Mr Davies asked for a retrial in the interests of justice because Evans’ medical conditions had prevented him from getting to court.

When magistrates denied the request Evans said: “It’s wrong, it’s completely wrong. "It’s a grave misjustice. I couldn’t have hit him and I don’t use bad language.”

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said police officers were following up reports of concern about Evans’ personal safety but when they went to his address he responded with abuse and slapped one of the officers.

Mr Davies said: “There were no injuries and there are mental and physical health issues that need to be considered here.”

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