Doncaster assault man escaped from cops in handcuffs

A Doncaster man who punched his girlfriend in the face escaped from police in handcuffs when they tried to arrest him four months later, a court heard.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 2:06 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:08 am

Police were called to a McDonald’s drive-through, on Thorne Road, just before midnight on June 30, last year, after Jake Brodie opened the woman's car door and hit her with a clenched fist.

Prosecutor Laura Marshall said Brodie then told her: "Come on. We're going." before the pair left the scene.

But his girlfriend refused to support the prosecution and a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm was reduced to common assault, Ms Marshall added.

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When Brodie was arrested on October 28, he escaped from officers in handcuffs, and remained free for several days before he was finally re-arrested.

Andrew Smith, mitigating, said the relationship was "ongoing", and described Brodie's partner as an "intelligent, articulate young woman who sees the better side of this defendant and doesn't seek a restraining order."

He said that since Brodie has been in custody he has been receiving medication for signs of psychosis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

"He wouldn't have behaved in this way if he was getting the appropriate medical treatment," Mr Smith said.

The court heard Brodie, who appeared via video-link from HMP Doncaster, had previous convictions for battery and affray, and received a suspended sentence in 2018 for domestic violence.

Judge Roger Thomas QC told him: "It's unclear quite how long you were away from the police for."

He jailed Brodie, 29, of Bloom Hill Grove, Doncaster, for a total of 15 months.