A NIGHT out ended with a trip to the cells for one man after his friend was run over by a taxi in Hereford.

Simon Caban admitted one count of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour and one of resisting a police constable when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police were called to Blueschool Street in Hereford, where a man was being treated by paramedics on October 1, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

But while they were on scene they saw Caban approaching another person and a row breaking out.

Caban, who officers said was intoxicated, was arrested, but made abusive comments towards officers and resisted officers as they attempted to handcuff him.

He was taken to the floor and cuffed before being put in the van.

"It was a deliberate obstruction and he was going nowhere, but it was a waste of police time," Mr Hambling said.

"It was a sustained incident and was abusive throughout."


Emily Gourley, for Caban, who works on a casual basis as a landscape gardener, said the 19-year-old had been out with colleagues that evening, but that one of them had been run over by a taxi.

"It was an accident that he witnessed," Mrs Gourley said.

"His colleague was on the floor and was not moving. He decided to move him to see if he was alive, but when one of his colleagues pulled him away thinking he should not move him him, he pushed him.

"He and his friend were both trying to help their colleague, and when he was put in the van he said he had thought police were not listening to him. Body worn camera footage does show police were heavy-handed with him, but regardless of that, he admits his behaviour was not warranted.

The court heard from a probation report that Caban, of Marlbrook Road, Hereford, is currently subject to a community order with an unpaid work requirement.

He was fined a total of £200 and ordered to pay costs of £135 and an £80 victim surcharge.

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