A VIOLENT boyfriend who repeatedly breached a restraining order by seeing a partner he had assaulted has been jailed after attacking two police officers.
Liam Fretwell (30) assaulted the female officers when they found him hiding under a bed at his partner’s home.
Fretwell had been banned a year earlier from contacting or visiting his partner for four years when he was convicted of assaulting her, prosecutor Mr James Baird told Sheffield Crown Court last Thursday.
A relative of Fretwell’s partner told police that he was still visiting her at her home and in September they went to her address.
Fretwell’s partner initially refused the police entry and told them he was not there, Mr Baird said.
But when they went round to the back of the house they found Fretwell escaping by the French doors and arrested him.
While Fretwell was on bail, a social worker told police that he was still breaching the order by visiting her.
Police visited her home in November and Fretwell’s partner admitted that he was there.
“The defendant was found hiding under the bed,” said Mr Baird.
“They attempted to arrest him and restrain him.
“He began struggling and became aggressive and he managed to pull the officers onto the landing.”
Officers sprayed Fretwell but he was able to get away from them.
One of the officers said she had bruising and swelling in her right hand and whiplash-like symptoms in her neck and shoulder and the other officer had injured her shoulder, Mr Baird said.
Fretwell was arrested the following day and admitted he had been breaching the restraining order but didn’t know why he was doing it.
“He admitted resisting arrest but did not intend the officers any harm,” said Mr Baird.
Fretwell, of Park Avenue, North Anston, admitted two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, breaching a restraining order and escaping arrest at a previous hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.
He admitted a further offence of breaching a restraining order at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.
Fretwell has three convictions for seven previous offences.
Mitigating, Ms Joy Merriam said Fretwell’s partner had not made any complaints to the police or made any statements.
“On both occasions the police were alerted by a third party,” she said.
Sentencing, Recorder Taryn Turner jailed Fretwell for eight months.
She told Fretwell he had persistently breached his restraining order between September and November.
“That breach was a flagrant disregard for the court order and was reported by social services,” she said.
“It does seem to me that you cocked a snook at the order of the court.
“Should you go on behaving like this in the future the inevitable sentences of the court will get longer.”