Sentenced Adjourned On Man Who head-butted a Teenager In Ely Take-Away

PUBLISHED: 12:13 20 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 04 May 2010

LEON Franklin was wearing a crash helmet when he head butted a teenager in an Ely take-away shop, city magistrates were told this week. He had grabbed the 15-year-old boy and pushed him against a wall before the butt, leaving the youngster with a lump on

LEON Franklin was wearing a crash helmet when he head butted a teenager in an Ely take-away shop, city magistrates were told this week.

He had grabbed the 15-year-old boy and pushed him against a wall before the butt, leaving the youngster with a lump on his head, the size of a golf ball.

A second boy was assaulted during the fracas at USA Chicken in Fore Hill, and when arrested, Franklin used threatening behaviour towards PC Ian Manley.

Franklin appeared to be drunk, and at Parkside Police Station in Cambridge, 21-year-old Franklin assaulted PC Matt Smith, refused to take a breath test, and spat at a camera installed in a cell.

Franklin, of High Barns, Ely, had previously admitted assaulting the youths on November 14, threatening the police officer, and damaging the police camera.

He had denied charges of failing to provide a specimen of breath and assaulting a police officer, but was convicted after a trial earlier this month.

Solicitor Catherine Bradd said Franklin was convicted of assaulting the police officer on a reckless basis.

"He accepts he pushed one of the youths twice, and accepts he may have been pushed against a wall, but not intentionally," she said. "It was not a deliberate head butt."

Magistrates ordered a report and adjourned sentencing until August 6.


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