Drunken thug jailed for Seaton assaults

PUBLISHED: 07:09 10 June 2015 | UPDATED: 07:09 10 June 2015

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown court 2

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown court 2


Judge tells defendant he has ‘reached the end of the road’.

A drunken thug has been jailed for attacking a police officer who tried to stop him bullying his girlfriend.

Ashley Brennan was gripping his ex-partner, Kerry Sturrock, by the neck, when a community support officer and a police sergeant intervened.

He was seen on CCTV staggering around the street near his home in Seaton, and attacked the police officer when he tried to make an arrest.

Brennan, 22, of Marine Crescent, admitted assault by beating his girlfriend, assaulting a police officer, and failing to comply with the terms of the sex offenders’ register.

He was jailed for eight months by Judge Simon Carr at Exeter Crown Court and told he must tackle his abuse of alcohol.

The judge said: “You are before the court again because of violence associated with alcohol dependency. If you continue to drink, you will die or spend most of your time in prison.

“You have a poor record of offending or complying with court orders and the probation service has reached the end of the road with you.”

The judge also made a restraining order forbidding Brennan from contacting his ex-girlfriend and continued an ASBO which bans him from the centre of Exeter and his registration as a sex offender, following an earlier case in which he admitted sexual activity with a girl under 16. Tom Bradnock, prosecuting, said police were alerted by CCTV to a disturbance in Marine Crescent, Seaton, on the night of April 11, and a police community support officer arrived to see him holding Miss Sturrock’s throat.

He said that Brennan was staggering around, she was upset and crying, and Brennan’s father, Lee, was trying to intervene and wrestling with his son.

The PCSO said Brennan was aggressive and abusive and when a police sergeant arrived, he ran away but was pursued and tackled to the ground, where a struggle ensued in which the officer was kicked in the legs and back.

Emily Cook, defending, said that Brennan was upset when he attacked the officer because he had just been assaulted by his own father.

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