An 'immature and foolish' man has been jailed after attacking a police officer who wanted to know why he was out during the coronavirus lockdown.
Jack Kent, aged 20, was spotted by officers who were investigating another matter, walking alone around the Blackley area.
As they attempted to approach him by shining their headlights onto him, Kent ran off, before he was quickly caught up with.
Kent, of Wilson Road, Blackley, refused to answer any questions and told officers to ‘get the f**k off me’ as they tried to restrain him.
In an attempt to get him into a police van, Kent kicked out at one of the police officers, hitting him in the leg twice.
Today appearing at Manchester Magistrates court, Kent pleaded guilty to assault by beating of an emergency worker.
He also admitted to using threatening words to cause alarm or distress and fraud by false representation.
Previously, Kent had been living at a homeless shelter when the staff were told of an allegation that he had a knife.
They asked him to leave and Kent became aggressive, swearing and shouting at the security.
As the police intervened, they found a bus pass belonging to one of Kent’s friends, hidden in his pocket.
Outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor Martha Dowd said police were called to the Christchurch Baptist Church due to ongoing issues between security and Kent.
“The church was acting as a homeless shelter and offered accommodation and food to both men and women,” Ms Dowd said.
“On March 5 there was a conversation the defendant overheard that there was an allegation he had a knife - he hasn’t been charged with possession of a knife.
“The people at the shelter heard about the allegation, and despite this, they agreed he could stay until the following day.
“At 6.20 the next morning he was outside having a cigarette when he was told he could no longer stay.
“He became abusive, shouting and swearing and provoking violence.”
Prosecutors told the court that the staff asked him to leave, but he refused, so they felt they had no choice but to call the police.
When the police arrived, Kent refused to put his cigarette out when he was asked to do so.
As they reached out for his left arm, he lashed out and was restrained on the floor, the court heard.
After searching him they found he had a TFGM bus pass and he admitted it was his friend's bus pass.
He used that to travel on the Metrolink between February 21 and March 7.
Witnesses said he grabbed at the security officers clothing, he was swearing and shouting and squaring up to them.
In a separate incident on March 25, officers were investigating a matter in the Blackley area when they saw Kent, who matched the description of the alleged offender.
He has not been charged with or had any further involvement in the investigation.
Ms Dowd said: “He was walking along Rochdale Road and was acting suspiciously when seeing the police car and he was evasive.
“They were also looking to speak to him about why he was out, considering the current circumstances, as it was 9.20pm.
“They were going to stop him and ask why he was out due to the restrictions of Covid-19 last set out.
“They saw him walking next to Christchurch Baptist Church and shone their headlights on him so he was illuminated.”
Kent looked directly at the officer then ran away and a short chase ensued.
Officers caught up to him and he was placed into handcuffs.
“He continued to shout and resist,” Ms Dowd added.
“As he was brought up to the police van, the officer was stood in front of him and the defendant was shouting ‘get off, get the f**k off me’.
“He refused to get in the van and then kicked out twice and made contact with the officer's right leg and left shin.
“The officer then shouted ‘get on the floor now’ as they were going to restrain him to prevent further injury.
“He refused to get down and tried kicking the officer one more time.”
The officer had no visible injuries, the court heard.
Kent was said to have six convictions for 15 offences including four offences of assault by beating of an emergency worker in 2019, which he received four months in a young offenders institution.
In mitigation, his defence lawyer Andrew Gilmore said that a probation report said he lacks maturity and has ‘poor consequential thinking skills’.
“He reacts badly to authority which gets him into more trouble," he said.
“This is a young man who has experienced custody before, and it doesn’t appear to be working.
“This is one opportunity to find the good in Mr Kent and to take advantage of what’s being offered by the probation to put this immature and foolish behaviour behind him and square up to responsibilities as a man and an adult.
Sentencing him to 20 weeks imprisonment, District Judge John Temperley said: “These offences are aggravated and made more serious by your record which is littered with similar offences.
“I have listened to what's been said but I'm afraid I have no confidence that you will comply with any type of order you receive.
“These offences are so serious that only immediate imprisonment will suffice.”