Crowd sees police Taser drunk man

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CROWDS of between 30 and 40 people gathered as a drunk man had to be Tasered to get him under control in Spalding town centre.

Krzysztof Marchlewski (42), of Severn Road, Spalding, became abusive to police in Sheepmarket after a concerned member of the public called them.

Marchlewski, who appeared before Spalding magistrates on Thursday, was in a “drunken stupor” on February 15.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, told how a member of the public had first seen him “slumped” in a cubicle in the public toilets at about 3.30pm.

She said he came out a few minutes later and was seen staggering across the road towards Ladbrokes, where he fell into a group of four men before falling to the ground.

“They appeared to help him up and then one of the men punched him three times, knocking him to the floor,” said Miss Ritson.

When the police arrived, the member of the public said Marchlewski “repeatedly swore and appeared in a drunken stupor”.

Miss Ritson said Pc Paul Freeman attempted to handcuff Marchlewski but he started to “kick out” at his leg.

Two further officers had to be called to help – the third having to use his Taser – before he could be arrested and taken for treatment to minor injuries to his hands and face.

Miss Ritson said officers had estimated 30-40 people had gathered to watch, with Marchlewski described as being “extremely abusive and threatening”.

Mark Hudson, defending, said Marchlewski was “very apologetic” for what had happened.

He told the court Marchlewski had gone out to celebrate a friend’s birthday and had three beers. However, he said he could only remember “partial episodes” of what had followed.

Mr Hudson explained Marchlewski was taking pain relief for an injury to his arm.

Mr Hudson added: “What has happened must be due to the mix of alcohol and medication. He should not have mixed the two. He has lost consciousness and awareness of his surroundings.”

Marchlewski pleaded guilty to using threatening words and behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and to assaulting a police officer.

Marchlewski was sentenced to a six-month community order with a six-month supervision requirement. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £50 compensation to Pc Freeman.