Man assaulted probation officer after being urged to take anger management course


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A MAN assaulted a probation officer and lashed out at a plastic bin – after it was suggested he take a course to control his anger.

Danny Buckley, 23, of Stamford Road, Blacon, was at a meeting with probation and social services when he lost his temper.

Chester Magistrates’ Court heard the father-of-one became annoyed as he felt he was being pressurised into participating in a domestic violence course.

He swept items from the table, booted a bin and stormed out of the room before barging back in, causing the door to clatter painfully into David Cringle’s arm.

Buckley, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to assault and causing criminal damage and was told he could face a custodial sentence.

Peter Barnett, defending, told the court the case was “not a straightforward matter”.

He said the assault with the door was “not intentional, but reckless”.

He said: “Mr Buckley suffers with ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] and he got annoyed that he was being pressured to do a domestic violence course. 

“He’s not been convicted of domestic violence. He concedes he got annoyed, stood up and went to walk out the room and in doing so he kicked this plastic bin.”

Carolyn Viviani, prosecuting, said Mr Cringle complained of pain and soreness in his arm after the assault on June 4.

“He described being very intimidated by the defendant,” she said. 

“He was shouting and being aggressive.

“During the meeting the defendant took exception to a matter being discussed, suddenly stood up and swept the contents of the table onto the floor in anger.”

After kicking the bin, Buckley went out to the car park but was then buzzed back into the building where the meeting was taking place.

Miss Viviani said: “He managed to get into the reception area, was asked to calm down but continued to shout. At this point the police were called.

“He tried to barge his way back into the room by pushing the door.”

She said as a consequence Mr Cringle's arm was hurt. 

“Quite clearly we have a meeting where numerous public servants are in attendance who shouldn’t have to put up with such behaviour in the context of their working day,” she added.

Buckley will be sentenced on Friday, September 19. 

Magistrates told him to expect a “high end community order bordering on low level custody”.

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