Dunkeswell man admits resisting police

PUBLISHED: 13:20 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:24 24 May 2017

Exeter magistrates court. Ref exe 01-17TI 4925. Picture: Terry Ife

Exeter magistrates court. Ref exe 01-17TI 4925. Picture: Terry Ife

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Matthew Stevens was sprayed with incapacitating spray after a police officer feared he was going to be assaulted.

A Dunkeswell man has admitted resisting police after an incident which led to him being sprayed by an officer.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard police responded to a report of suspicious behaviour at Dunkeswell Industrial Estate overnight between March 28 and March 29 this year, and encountered Matthew Stevens on part of the farm where Stevens lives.

The court heard that Stevens initially did not reply to a request to come forward.

He then complied with a request to kneel down and put his hands on his head, but then when an officer walked behind him to apply handcuffs stood up again.

The officer feared he was going to be assaulted, and sprayed Stevens with incapacitating Captor spray.

In mitigation, the court heard Stevens had stood up as he suffers from knee pain, and that the effects of the spray would have caused him to roll around, making applying handcuffs difficult.

Magistrates gave Stevens a 12-month conditional discharge, and ordered him to pay £40 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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