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So drunk he did not know he had hit officer

Boston Magistrates' Court (3162260)
Boston Magistrates' Court (3162260)

A SPALDING man who assaulted a policeman told magistrates he was so drunk he couldn't remember doing it.

Matthew Preece, 44, formerly of Middlemarsh, Moulton Marsh, but now living care of a doctor's surgery, admitted being drunk and disorderly, assaulting the officer and being in possession of a small amount of cannabis, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court.

Ruth Snodin, prosecuting, said that during the evening of July 2, police went to West Street in Boston after being called by Ambulance Control.

She said the officers found Preece drunk, lying on the ground, and he swore at the officers, waved his arms around and hit an officer in the face.

She said he was arrested and a small amount of cannabis was found in his trouser pocket.

Preece, who had previous convictions for drunkenness, told the magistrates he could not remember what he had done.

He told them he was now getting help and needed to get a fresh start away from Boston and hoped to get both accommodation and a college place to study sound engineering in Grantham.

Preece was placed on a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the officer and £85 in court costs.

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