University security guard hit with bottle in assault

A UNIVERSITY security guard was hit by a bottle thrown during an assault. Michael Rock appeared in court following the drink-fuelled incident that took place at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside. Appearing at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court, the 23-year-old, of no fixed abode, admitted that he assaulted Richard Sugden at the university.

Prosecutor Lee Dacre told the court it happened in the early hours of September 22. He said: “The offence took place at around 1am at the University of Cumbria campus. “The victim works as a security guard.

“He was on patrol at the campus. “He saw a male hanging road the entrance of a block. “The male threatened to throw a bottle.

“The security guard then turned away and the defendant threw the bottle at hit him on the back.” The court heard how the guard then tended to some other students nearby. While he was walking towards them, Rock jumped on him, causing the guard to fall over.

“He used his hand to stop the fall but suffered cuts and bruises to his hand and grazed his head.” Rock was then detained by the police. Footage from a bodyworn camera captured Rock threatening to ‘batter’ and punch the guard.

Mr Dacre said Rock had been under the influence of alcohol at the time. The court heard Rock had 10 previous offences on his record. That included three assaults on emergency workers in November 2020 that saw him sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months.

Leah Kirk, defending, said Rock had been struggling with alcohol dependency. “Mr Rock has been having issues with alcohol addiction,” she said. “As a result of this dependence he’s spiralled which has caused a lot of issues over the last couple of years.

“He tells me he’s remorseful for this offence.” She said Rock had ‘limited recollection’ of the incident. She accepted Rock would be jailed but asked for the sentence to be kept to a minimum.

Magistrates decided to active the eight-week suspended he was handed previously.

They also handed down an extra 12 weeks behind bars for the assault.

Rock was told to pay GBP200 in compensation to the victim.

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