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Grant Ainley was due to be jailed for 20 weeks when he ran from Kirklees Magistrates’ Court

A man fled from court after being jailed for attacking a security guard who challenged him as he stole from a Huddersfield supermarket.

Grant Ainley bit the Asda worker’s little finger and threatened to smash a stolen bottle of champagne over his colleague’s head.

The 35-year-old was jailed for 20 weeks by Kirklees magistrates but ran from the court building before he could be taken into custody.

The incident happened at the Aspley branch of the supermarket on August 29 when Ainley was challenged as he tried to take two bottles of champagne.

Prosecutor Alex Bozman said that he told the security guard to get out of his way.

When the member of staff asked Ainley to put the alcohol down he threatened to smash a bottle over his head, magistrates were told.

The security guard managed to take one of the bottles off Ainley but he maintained a grip on the other one.

With help of his colleague Nicholas Foard the security guard managed to detain him, Mr Bozman said.

He told magistrates: “Ainley made threats that he would spit and bite at them.

“He scratched Mr Foard on his hand with his nails and bit him on the little finger, causing injury.”

Ainley, of Eastlands in Almondbury, was arrested but refused to comply with a police station drug test.

Mr Foard said in a victim personal statement read out to the court: “I come to work every day to do a job I enjoy.

“I do not come to work for people to steal from us or, even worse, get assaulted.

“My injuries may be scratches and bites but I do not know if he has any diseases.”

Ainley pleaded guilty to stealing from the store, assault and refusing to provide a sample for a Class A drug test.

He also admitted to the theft of meat and wine totalling £116 from Almondbury Co-op between June 7 and 17.

Jonathan Slawinski, mitigating, explained that Ainley had struggled with a drug problem since the age of 19.

He had managed to overcome this problem but still owed money to drug dealers.

Mr Slawinski explained: “When people stop using drugs they don’t always escape their past as debts catch up with them.

“The only way he knew how to get rid of the debt was sadly to do what he knows how to do and steals from the shops.”

He added that Ainley had been drinking at the time of the thefts but was “somewhat ashamed” of what he did to the security guard.

As magistrates pronounced their sentence, Ainley fled from courtroom number two before security staff could take him into custody.

A warrant was issued for his arrest. When he is released from his prison sentence he will have to pay Mr Foard £100 compensation.

Huddersfield Examiner

A MAN has been slapped with a community order after attacking a police officer.

Derek Hemphill, 44, pushed Pc Richard Needham with such force that he banged his head on a chest of drawers during a struggle.

Kirklees magistrates ordered him to pay compensation to the officer, who was left with red marks to his head and a cut jaw.

The Huddersfield court was told that on December 15, the officer was called out to deal with an incident at the house on Forest Road, Almondbury.

He arrived to find a woman in the living room who was upset and comforting her son.

Pc Needham was directed upstairs. There he found two officers with Hemphill.

Alex Bosman, prosecuting, said Hemphill was aggressive, pacing and clenching his fists.

“Hemphill went at him, his hands flailing in the air. He took hold of him round his head and there was a further struggle.

“The officer tried to break free from the hold and he was pushed back with full force.

“He fell backwards and banged his head on a chest of drawers, with Hemphill landing on top of him.”

Magistrates were told that one of the officer’s colleagues used CS gas on Hemphill and he was restrained with their help.

The bench was told that Hemphill, of Highfield Crescent in Meltham, was found guilty of the attack following a trial last month.

Magistrates gave Hemphill a community order for two years, including a domestic violence programme.

They also ordered him to pay £100 compensation to Pc Needham and £500 prosecution costs.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Hemphill was jailed for Violent Disorder after and EDL demo. More info here