Pensioner grounded for housing officer assault
A 67-year-old man who assaulted a housing officer has been banned from leaving his home between 12 noon and 6pm.
Roy Witherden has been handed the 28-day curfew, a six month community order, and told to pay £200 in costs and £50 in compensation to his victim, following an attack on a female housing officer on 4 August last year.
Mr Witherden became abusive after being served with applications for an injunction and possession of his property, as a result of previous anti-social behaviour. He threw a 42-page document at the Mansfield District Council housing officer, injuring her in the eye, then fled.
At a hearing held in Chesterfield Magistrates court on Monday, Mr Witherden denied the offence, but was found guilty by the district judge, who accepted the prosecution’s evidence.
Danny McCrossan, portfolio holder for public protection at the council, said: ‘It is totally unacceptable for anyone to assault a council employee for nothing more than doing their job. The council will not hesitate to take action against anyone who is abusive towards employees.’