Leamington thug jailed over violence and racist abuse - The Leamington Observer

Leamington thug jailed over violence and racist abuse

Leamington Editorial 21st Apr, 2021   0

A RACIST thug who punched an off duty police officer and racially abused two others has been jailed.

Liam Bentley had been drinking at a community centre in Chesterton Drive, Leamington on Thursday (April 15) evening when he became aggressive – pushing over tables and smashing glasses.

A woman at the centre identified herself as an off duty police officer at which point Bentley punched her in the face.

The 29-year-old left the venue and became racially abusive in the street.

He was arrested a short time later at his home.

While in custody Bentley caused extensive damage to his cell and racially abused two police officers.

Now Bentley has been sent to prison for 14 weeks after pleading guilty to assaulting an emergency worker, three counts of causing racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress, and criminal damage.

Bentley of Ford House, Leamington was also found to have breached a suspended prison sentence order from July when he was convicted of possession of an offensive weapon.

Deputy Chief Constable Debbie Tedds said: “We will not tolerate violence or abuse against officers who are carrying out their lawful duties. This is yet another incident that demonstrates the risk police officers face every day.”


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