Man admits headbutting police officer in King’s Lynn

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.

A 22-year-old man has admitted assaulting a police officer in Lynn last month.

Rhian Winters pleaded guilty to the offence during which he headbutted the policeman.

Sally Rose, prosecuting, told the court that Winters had been involved with a “domestic incident” with his mother and father, when the emergency services were called to intervene.

The court heard that the constable who arrived on scene was headbutted causing his mouth to bleed.

Mrs Rose said that Winters said in police interview that he suffered from psychotic episodes and he felt “very tired” as he had not taken his insulin dose.

Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said that her client’s mental health issues were “very real”, and that he was being seen every three days for assessment.

She said: “He has been back to the Fermoy [unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital] and he has been taken very seriously.

“They recognise that this is somebody of a very young age who wants to try and get it right.”

Mrs Johnson said that the purpose the meetings with the team were to “understand and look at his medication again” to make sure it was suitable.

Winters, of Fuchsia Lane, Ispwich, was ordered to continue working with the probation service, and to pay the constable £100 in compensation as well as £45 in court costs.

Magistrates told the defendant: “You have had quite a troubled time. It’s imperative you carry on getting the help you need.”