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Keiran Birchall jailed for six months after breaching suspended sentence

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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DRUNKEN Keiran Birchall was aggressive to police at a city centre taxi rank while subject to a suspended jail sentence for a nasty attack on an ex-partner.

The 22-year-old was angry and waved his arms around towards a woman in Hanley at 2.40am, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard.

When a police officer tried to stop Birchall going after the woman the defendant shouted, “Touch me again and I will do you”.

The officer felt threatened and he and colleagues took Birchall to the ground and arrested him.

The incident happened while Birchall was subject to an eight month suspended sentence he received in November 2012 for causing actual bodily harm.

Birchall, of Sneyd Street, Leek, pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour on November 3 last year and breaching a suspended prison sentence.

Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, said Birchall was drunk and got involved in a dispute with a woman although he was not violent towards her.

Mr Muldoon said: “He had just found out his father had been diagnosed with cancer.

“He had gone out to get drunk. His father has been given a maximum of 12 months to live.

“A close friend had hanged himself and his grandmother had also been diagnosed with cancer.

“He took excessive amounts of alcohol. He wanted to stay out drinking. He should have got in the taxi and gone home. He was a drunken idiot.”

Mr Muldoon added that Birchall has completed all his unpaid work and attended all his supervision appointments as part of the suspended sentence.

Judge Paul Glenn believed Birchall has a serious alcohol problem. He activated five months of the suspended sentence and added one month for the threatening behaviour.

Judge Glenn said: “You are 22 and have acquired an unattractive record for offences of violence and public order matters.

“This was an unpleasant incident. You became aggressive and threatening towards police who were simply trying to resolve a dispute between you and a female.

“It is a sign of the times we have to have marshals to put drunks into taxis at the end of the night. You were drunk and obnoxious towards officers just trying to do their job.

“I accept you consumed a great deal of alcohol that night. You had gone out to get drunk.

“I understand you were upset by what you had heard in relation to your father. But getting drunk and getting locked up and sent away won’t help.”

Birchall will serve up to half the six months. He must also pay an £80 surcharge.

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