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Just an £83 fine for a drunken man from Spalding who punched an off duty police officer on the jaw

By Spalding Reporter

A drunken man from Spalding who punched an off-duty police officer has been fined just £83 by magistrates.

Luke Purvis (22) of Winsover Road, Spalding, admitted hitting Alex Irving on the jaw on February 22 this year during a hearing at Boston Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday).

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Mr Irving had gone out for the evening with his mother, also a police officer, and friends when Mrs Irving heard someone behind the group spitting loudly.

Boston Magistrates Court (7779320)
Boston Magistrates Court (7779320)

"When she looked round, Mr Purvis came up to her in an aggressive manner with his fists clenched, saying: 'What did you say? I deserve some respect'. Mr Clare said.

Magistrates heard that Mr Irving then intervened by putting himself between his mother and Purvis before telling the defendant to go away, only for Purvis to punch him on the jaw.

When Mr Irving told Purvis he was a police officer, the defendant ran away but was eventually caught after a chase.

Court news.
Court news.

Mr Clare said that during interview, Purvis told police he had been "highly intoxicated" and although he could remember punching Mr Irving, he could not remember why.

Purvis also said that he "panicked and ran" when he realised Mr Irving was a police officer.

Philippa Chatterton, mitigating, said Purvis had been out with his partner but had begun to feel poorly and so decided to go home.

Court news.
Court news.

Ms Chatterton added that Purvis cleared his mouth and spat on a wall at which point he heard someone make a comment about "disgusting behaviour".

"He told them that he didn't appreciate the comment and it all escalated from there," Ms Chatterton said.

"He didn't go out that night to get into a fight."

Court news.
Court news.

Magistrates fined Purvis £83 and ordered him to pay £50 compensation to Mr Irving and £115 in costs and charges.


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