Jail for baton-carrying Rugby teenager who headbutted police officer and then shouted homophobic remarks to another

He has been sentenced to almost a year in a Young Offender Institution

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 6:19 pm

A Rugby teenager who head-butted a police officer has been sentenced to almost a year in a Young Offender Institution.

Idris Juanja, of Murray Road, also made derogatory and homophobic comments towards a second officer while he was is custody.

Juanja appeared before magistrates yesterday (Wednesday) where he pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon, committing an offence under Section 4a of the Public Order Act, and assault by beating of an emergency worker.

Idris Juanja.

It comes after police were called to Juanja’s home address on March 9.

As they attempted to arrest him, Juanja head-butted an officer and while in custody, shouted abuse at a second officer.

A week later officers stopped a vehicle in Rugby and after searching the 18-year-old, found he had an extendable baton on him.

He was arrested, later charged and remanded to Coventry Magistrates’ Court where he admitted all three offences and was sentenced to the following:

• 18 weeks in a Young Offender Institution for assault by beating of an emergency worker. He was also made to pay compensation of £200.

• Six weeks in a Young Offender Institution for using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment/alarm/distress

• 23 weeks in a Young Offender Institution for possessing an offensive weapon in a public place

All three sentences will be served consecutively.

Chief Superintendent Ben Smith said: “As police officers, we accept we will be asked to put ourselves in harm’s way to protect others, but this does not mean we expect to be assaulted.

“Like everyone else, emergency service workers have a right to work in a safe environment and to return home safe and uninjured at the end of a shift.

“Assaults of any nature – be they verbal or physical - against emergency service workers are abhorrent, will not be tolerated, and we will look to use the full force of the law to bring those responsible to justice.”