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Reveller went on rampage and had three hour stand-off with police in Clayton-le-Moors after jibe

Liam Leah ran away from officers, swam across a canal and spent nearly three hours on the roof of a coach in a bid to evade arrest, Blackburn Magistrates Court was told.

RAMPAGE: Liam Leah was teased by his partner

A drunken man trashed his partner’s living room and had a three-hour stand off with police after being ‘mercilessly teased about the size of his manhood’.

Liam Leah ran away from officers, swam across a canal and spent nearly three hours on the roof of a coach in a bid to evade arrest, Blackburn Magistrates Court was told.

The court was told that the incident began when the 22-year-old, of Catlow Hall Street, Oswaldtwistle, had taken a mixture of alcohol and sleeping tablets before going on a night out.

Phillipa White, prosecuting, said Leah later met up with his ‘casual partner’ Lauren Baron who was out with friends.

She later returned home with her friends in the early hours of May 19 and was followed by Leah who went into the house in Clayton-le-Moors.

Miss White said Miss Baron and her friends were talking among themselves on the sofa when Leah ‘suddenly became very aggressive’.

She told the court that he thought the women were talking about him and he angrily answered back. She said: “He then picked up a 42-inch television and tried to throw it through the lounge window.”

Miss White said one of the friends stopped him and instead he threw it on the floor, causing it to smash.

Leah then threw two sofas onto the television and caused damage to a glass TV stand and blinds.

The former Rhyddings High School pupil was eventually pushed out of the house but when police arrived to arrest him he resisted before he ran off along Chequers.

Miss White said Leah then swam across the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, broke into Abbey Coaches yard and perched himself on top of a coach for nearly three hours.

While there he damaged aerials and stamped on the skylight, causing £170 worth of damage.

He eventually climbed down ‘apologetically’ and cited a combination of alcohol and sleeping tablets for his actions.

Peter King, defending, said the concoction was a ‘lethal mixture’ and he is full of remorse.

He said: “He’s completely let himself down in relation to this. When he was teased mercilessly about his manhood by the girls in the house that was the last straw and he lost his temper.

“He did run away from the police and accepts that was the case. That was clearly out of panic but he can’t remember what happened with the police and he can’t remember swimming in the canal or the coach yard.

“He was a nuisance to the police and quite a lot of manpower was put in to get him down.” Mr King said Leah has reached a ‘turning point’ in his life and told the court how he wants to gain an apprenticeship in joinery.

Leah pleaded guilty to two counts of damage without lawful excuse and resisting a police officer in execution of her duty. The offences were committed while he was subject to a conditional discharge for being drunk and disorderly and causing criminal damage.

Leah was given a 12-month supervision order with 100 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay compensation of £685 and a victim surcharge of £60.

Sentencing, chair of the bench Mrs Pickup said: “Quite honestly I don’t know how you managed to swim across a canal with all that inside you but you did. It was reckless. The harm caused was damage to property and also distress to the owner.”

 

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