College student in police officer assault

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 October 2010

ST GEORGES COURTHOUSE

ST GEORGES COURTHOUSE

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A 19-YEAR-OLD Weston College student had to be restrained by police using CS gas when he became involved in a violent struggle.

Police came across Kyle Pellegrino and a group of youths outside his Byron Road home on Weston’s Bournville estate in the early hours of September 19.

Pellegrino shouted and swore at PC Manley, before assaulting him and pushing him to the ground.

The defendant appeared for sentencing at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on October 21, after being charged with assaulting a police officer and using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Shiovhan Heron, prosecuting, said: “The defendant told PC Manley to **** off and the police officer became surrounded by the group.

“The defendant became aggressive, shouting and swearing.

“The police officer told them to calm down, but the defendant walked towards him.

“Being fearful of what he would do, he pushed him away, so that there would be a space between them.

“An older woman tried to calm the defendant down, but he then pushed someone to the floor.

“When the officer told him he was under arrest the defendant struggled and pushed the officer to the floor.”

Officers then used CS spray to restrain Pellegrino and the police officer was left with a grazed and bruised forearm.

Judith Mills, defending, said: “He has accepted that he was at fault.

“Since this particular incident he has not been out socialising at all.

“He has changed his way of life and is going to college.”

Pellegrino was given an 18-month community order, with a supervision requirement and will have to attend a 30 day thinking skills course.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £50 compensation.

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