December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 31, 2013
A man with mental health problems, who became agitated and made threats against two Norfolk social workers has been given a suspended 12 month jail sentence and supervision order so he can get the help he needs.
Daniel Paul, 22, of Broadgate Close, Northrepps, near Cromer, made the social workers feel “extremely fearful and concerned” with his behaviour, Norwich Crown Court heard.
Andrea Lock, prosecuting, said that Paul had made threats and became extremely agitated during the meeting he had with social workers and his former partner. When a police officer arrived he said that Paul was acting in a “manic way” and had to be restrained with the use of an incapacity spray.
She said “The two social workers, present at the scene say they were extremely fearful and concerned because of his conduct.”
Paul admitted affray on July 29 and was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for 18 months and given a 12 month supervision order with a requirement that he seeks help for his alcohol problem.
He was also made subject to a restraining order against his former partner and her mother.
Judge Nicholas Coleman told Paul that the social workers were only doing their job: “They were there to help. They are public officers and those who were present were terrified by your conduct.”
He said that his drug and alcohol misuse lay behind some of his problems and said he had been “out of control” on that day.
Andrew Shaw, for Paul, said that Paul was a troubled young man with a history of mental health problems.