Teenager who hit policeman with bottle during Rotherham street fight jailed

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A man who hit a policeman with a bottle as the officer tried to break up a fight on a South Yorkshire street has been jailed for 18 months.

The police officer suffered a gash to the head in the incident in Rotherham town centre in the early hours of July 11 last year.

Jamie Kelly, aged 19, of no fixed address, was jailed by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge of Section 20 wounding.

Carl Fitch, prosecuting, told the court Kelly had been involved in a fight on the street that started on Ship Hill in Rotherham where he was ‘outnumbered by a number of black males’.

He said the fighting between Kelly and the group continued on to Mansfield Road.

Mr Fitch said CCTV showed the defendant was ‘quite up for the fight even though he was outnumbered’.

He said one of the men attacking him dropped a full bottle on the floor.

The defendant picked it up and hit the officer with it as the policeman approached him from behind.

Mr Fitch said it appeared the officer had not identified himself as a policeman and the defendant incorrectly believed he was being grabbed by one of the men attacking him.

He then used the bottle in ‘excessive self-defence’.

Mr Fitch said: “The officer accepts he never shouted ‘Stop, police, put down the bottle’ as you might expect.

“He runs straight towards the defendant at the same time another male is running from behind who is trying to attack the defendant.

“It would appear the defendant as the officer grabbed hold of him is unaware it is an officer.”

Mr Fitch said Kelly did have a previous conviction for using a broken bottle in an attack in 2014 when he was dealt with by a referral order in youth court.

Sentencing, Judge Paul Watson QC said the incident had happened around 2.30am.

The judge told Kelly: “I accept you weren’t to know it was a police officer but you used that bottle as a weapon.”

Judge Watson said Kelly’s previous conviction for the use of a broken bottle in a fight ‘was a serious aggravating factor’ and sentenced him to 18 months in jail.