Man who struck interpreter detained under hospital order

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A Polish man who struck a police interpreter following a disturbance in Spalding has been detained under a hopsital order.

Robert Paluch (24) was seen with a knife after officers were called to an address in Crocus Walk.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Paluch dropped the blade but was arrested a short time later.

Jon Straw, prosecuting, said Paluch was found in possession of a butter knife and taken to a local police station for interview.

Mr Straw told the court Paluch was given an interpreter but began behaving in an “erratic manner.”

“He was twice stood up to leave the interview room,” Mr Straw added. “On the third occasion he struck the interpreter in the jaw and then pushed him in the chest.

“The interpreter did not remember being struck but it was seen by the police officer and he felt pain and discomfort in his jaw.”

Paluch was charged with common assault and possession of two bladed articles 
following the incident on April. 21.

Stuart Lody, mitigating, told the court Paluch had been assessed by two psychiatrists who agreed he was suitable to be detained under a hospital order.

Passing sentence Recorder Mark Wall QC ruled he was satisfied Paluch should be detained under a section 37 hospital order.

Recorder Wall said: “This defendant is suffering from a mental and behavioral disorder due to substance misuse.”