Man could be jailed for assaults

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A FATHER of four assaulted police officers and shouted racially abusive comments at a hospital worker, a court heard on Friday.

Steven Marcus Brazier, 38, of St Nicholas Close, in Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to two assaults and the abuse charge when he appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.

Brazier, who was in breach of a suspended prison sentence, was released on unconditional bail, to be sentenced on February 11 following a mental health assessment.

Prosecuting, Wayne Ablett said that at about 10pm on January 8, police were called to West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury, to assist with two drunken men who were being abusive to staff and using foul language – Brazier and his older brother, Andrew.

Brazier’s racial abuse was directed towards a female Sri Lankan hospital worker.

He was handcuffed because of his ‘non-compliant behaviour’ but he lunged his head sideways and hit a Pc’s head. His legs were then restrained but he lunged his head forward and caught a second Pc’s head.

In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said that Brazier and his brother had been drinking before Andrew hurt his hand and had to go to hospital.

“He was concerned that his brother was not being treated quickly enough, but he does accept that his language was abusive in the waiting area,” she said.

Mrs Lockwood said that Brazier had lots of friends from different racial backgrounds and was ‘disgusted’ when he was told what he had said.

“He was very apologetic during interview – I think that shows that he had genuine remorse,” she said.

Presiding magistrate, Alan Humphreys, said the offences were Brazier’s second breach of a suspended prison sentence and that the magistrates were considering sending him to prison.

“The expression I was drunk doesn’t carry a lot of weight,” he said.