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Docks worker to compensate injured police officer

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A Falmouth docks worker has been ordered to pay a police officer personal injury compensation after he pushed her when she attempted to break up a fight. PC Anna Fielding suffered a broken pelvis in the incident and was left in severe pain for four months. Jonathan Brealy, a 42-year-old shipyard welder, knocked her to the ground as she tried to stop a fight between two people standing behind him.

The father-of-three admitted to causing PC Fielding bodily harm and assaulting another officer during the struggle to arrest him. Mr Brealy was sentenced to four months in jail, a two-year suspension, 120 hours of unpaid community work, and a compensation payment of £830 to the injured officers.

“Genuine remorse and distress”

Miss Emily Pitts, defending, argued that the incident had been completely unintentional. She said that Mr Brealy had been trying to calm the argument when he got in the way of PC Fielding. She added: “He has shown genuine remorse and distress at the injury he has caused.

PC Fielding was in pain for four months after the incident and could not go to work due to being on crutches for several weeks after the fall. Judge Graham Cottle described the incident as “disgraceful”, and said that Mr Bealy was saved from an immediate prison sentence because he was of “previous good character, a hard working family man, and extremely sorry for what [he] did.

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