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Drunken Mark Hockridge urinated in cells

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

A LAUNCESTON man has been jailed for 12 weeks for abusing police while drunk on Boxing Day and then urinating in a police cell.

Mark Hockridge, 43, admitted the offences breached a suspended sentence order previously imposed for threatening behaviour.

Hockridge, of Ridgegrove Lane, who had pleaded guilty on December 27 to being drunk and disorderly and causing criminal damage, appeared before Bodmin magistrates for sentencing on Monday.

Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said police officers had been called to the home of Hockridge's parents in St John's Road, Launceston, on December 26 in response to a report of a domestic incident.

Hockridge was asked to leave and made a rude gesture to officers as they checked he was going as requested. He then became verbally abusive and "very aggressive", said Ms Hawkley, and the officers had to put him on the floor and use restraints as they arrested him.

At the police station Hockridge urinated in the cell and on a suicide prevention suit, both of which needed specialist cleaning.

The court was told that Hockridge had been handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, on February 28, 2013, and the period of suspension had then been extended to 18 months on June 4 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault by beating.

Chris Nicholls, for the defence, said matters had escalated on Boxing Day after a minor altercation between Hockridge and his father. Hockridge had agreed to leave, and was doing so when the police spoke to him.

He had previously had a drink problem but this was now under control and he only drank to excess occasionally, said Mr Nicholls.

Probation officer Mark Swann told the court that Hockridge had not engaged with the service in the past and tended to minimise his alcohol usage.

The magistrates told Hockridge that immediate custody was being imposed as the damage offence had been serious, and because neither a fine nor a community penalty was appropriate due to his previous record.

Furthermore it was his second breach of the suspended sentence order.

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