A CUSTODY officer was punched in the head during a sentencing hearing at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court in which a man was given a prison term.
The defendant in the case is helping police investigate the incident in courtroom 2 yesterday.
Police attended court near Westwey Road after receiving an assault report.
Officers said Serco’s officer suffered cuts and bruises and had to be treated by an ambulance team at the scene – but it is understood the officer also attended the scene. hospital for a check-up.
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The incident came as Shane Douglas Breccini, 40, of Charles Street, Weymouth, was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for failing to comply with a previously issued community order.
He was sentenced to prison after admitting to not respecting the telephone appointments scheduled for May 11 and June 9.
Following the incident, a security tape was placed at the entrance to the pier, while three police officers took statements from the court’s legal and security staff.
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The police remained on site until approximately 2:30 p.m.
Breccini, also known as David Christian Breccini, was initially given the Community Order after admitting an aggravated race offense on July 11 last year in Trinity Street, Weymouth.
On that date, Breccini admitted that he intended to make a person believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against him, or to cause the immediate use of unlawful violence by him or through which that person was likely to believe. such violence would be used, or it is likely that such violence would be provoked and the offense aggravated by race.
A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: ‘We received a report at around 12:15 pm on Friday 2 July that a guard had been assaulted at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court.
“It was reported that the victim was punched in the head and suffered from cuts and bruises.
“He was taken care of by the ambulance service.
“The officers were present and continue to investigate the incident.
“A 40-year-old man from Weymouth is assisting officers with their investigations. ”
Chris Hodkinson, Director of PECS Contracts at Serco, said: “One of our agents was assaulted in court in an unprovoked attack and went to the hospital to be checked.
“We take great care of our staff, they often do a great job under difficult circumstances and we take any assault on our employees very seriously.
“We are working to support the police in a possible lawsuit.”