Man Found Guilty of Using Threatening Behaviour Admits ""I Should Have Kept My Oar Out
SOHAM builder Jason Drage has been cleared of assaulting a police officer who stopped and searched his partner s teenage sons for drugs. Drage, 25, and his partner Ann Sa, were furious when they turned up at Brewhouse Lane to find Ms Sa s children Jason
SOHAM builder Jason Drage has been cleared of assaulting a police officer who stopped and searched his partner's teenage sons for drugs.
Drage, 25, and his partner Ann Sa, were furious when they turned up at Brewhouse Lane to find Ms Sa's children Jason and Steven Baker had been pulled over and searched for the second time in three days.
No drugs were found, either on the boys or in their car, and by the time the couple arrived, seven officers - three PCs and four PCSOs - were on the scene.
They discovered police had handcuffed 16-year-old Steven and were still searching the car.
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Appearing as a witness at the second half of Drage's trial, Ms Sa admitted she and Drage were angry - she felt her boys had been unfairly victimised on account of the behaviour of older brother Gavin, a 27-year-old heroin addict who no longer has any contact with the family.
Drage, of Queensway, admitted he swore at PC Duncan. After Jason Baker's car had been searched, the officer warned Drage about his behaviour, taking him behind the couple's 4x4 to have a one-to-one chat.
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When the trial began last month, PC Duncan claimed that Drage pushed him and squeezed his fingers. PC Duncan threw his notebook at Drage, then sprayed CS gas in his face.
Magistrate Dr Christine Shaw called evidence given by prosecution witnesses "inconsistent and inconclusive" and threw out the assault charge, but found Drage guilty of threatening or abusive behaviour during the incident on April 11.
"I accept that you and your partner feel you have a grievance against police," she told Drage, "but you need to bear in mind that what seems to you like normal language and behaviour might not seem like that to other people."
Drage admitted in an earlier police interview: "I probably should have kept my oar out."
He was fined £300 for threatening or abusive behaviour and ordered to pay £300 costs and a mandatory victim surcharge of £15.