Steven Bennett: Man who spat at and kicked police officer in Kennington jailed

April RoachWed, 10 February 2021, 6:39 pm

<p>Steven Bennett was jailed for three months</p> (Metropolitan Police)
Steven Bennett was jailed for three months(Metropolitan Police)

A man from east London who spat and kicked a police officer has been jailed.

Steven Bennett, 47, from Tower Hamlets was approached by police officers on patrol in Kennington Park Road, Vauxhall on December 19 last year.

The officers noted that he was subject to bail conditions that prohibited him from being in the area.

Bennett was arrested on suspicion of breaching bail conditions and he was taken to hospital as he was showing signs of unwell.

Scotland Yard said Bennett became aggressive towards officers at the hospitals and he spat at and kicked a female police officer.

The 47-year-old was charged with one count of assaulting an emergency worker, two counts of threatening behaviour and one count of possession of cannabis.

Bennett was on Monday jailed for three months for each offence to run concurrently and ordered to pay £100 in compensation to the female police officer.

Police Sergeant David Smith of Central South Command said: “The standard of evidence against Bennett presented by the two officers resulted in him pleading guilty.

“The female officer whom Bennett spat at and kicked was not seriously injured, but that does not make his behaviour acceptable.

“Police officers spend their working lives protecting the public and their property and for them to be attacked during the course of their duties simply cannot, and will not, be tolerated.”