Violent attack follows binge

A MAN who lost 'his first love' went on a boozy rampage and broke a nightclub mirror, trashed a police cell and assaulted a police officer, a court has heard. Michael Meeney, aged 21, of Pembroke Road, Weston, pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting a

A MAN who lost 'his first love' went on a boozy rampage and broke a nightclub mirror, trashed a police cell and assaulted a police officer, a court has heard.Michael Meeney, aged 21, of Pembroke Road, Weston, pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting a police officer and two charges of criminal damage when he appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges. Meeney was arrested after a night of violence on April 10.It began when he smashed his fist into a mirror at Sands Nightclub in Beach Road, where he had been drinking heavily.Claire Williams, prosecuting, told magistrates the defendant was arrested and taken to Weston General Hospital by PC Glover and PC Stokes where he had a hand wound treated.Meeney, a gas-fitter, was refused further treatment at the hospital because of his 'awful behaviour'. He was then taken to Weston Police Station in Walliscote Road where he kicked PC Glover as he was getting out of the police car.While at the custody desk he began tearing the stitches out of his hand.He was placed in a cell but, because of his behaviour, he was put in leg restraints and kept under observation. When an officer went to check on Meeney the defendant head-butted his leg and went on to call him 'a four-eyed c***.'A specialist cleaner was hired to remove his blood which was 'spattered all over the cell' at a cost of £963.Jane Mills, defending, told the court Meeney's behaviour had become 'self-destructive' after splitting from his girlfriend.She said: "He had been in a relationship with a young lady from Cornwall he described as his first love."It was during a binge when these offences were committed as he had stopped behaving in a rational manner."She also told magistrates that the 21-year-old was normally of good character and has been granted funding from the Prince's Trust to set up his own business. Chairman of the bench, Nicola McClure, adjourned the case until June 19 pending a pre-sentence report. The defendant was released on unconditional bail.


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