Search

Police body camera helps to bring man who hit woman to justice

PUBLISHED: 14:08 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 07:54 11 October 2017

Malbert Funnell (right) leaving court. Picture: Peter Walsh

Malbert Funnell (right) leaving court. Picture: Peter Walsh

Archant

This is the face of one of the first people in Norfolk to be convicted thanks to a police body camera.

Malbert Funnell, 24, was caught on body cam being aggressive before assaulting a police officer who had been called to a domestic assault.

Video footage shown to Norwich Magistrates Court showed the victim, who was at home with her baby at the time, visibly upset as she answered the door to the officer.

She said she had been slapped after the defendant “just kicked off”.

The court heard he had thrown paint down the stairs, onto a carpet and over a push chair and also damaged a light fitting.

The officer went upstairs where Funnell, who was told he was being filmed, became increasingly agitated after being told he was going to be arrested.

The defendant, who was using abusive language, pushed past the officer who grabbed his arm and T-shirt.

As he ran down the stairs she was dragged with him and scraped her arm and leg against the wall resulting in scrapes and bruises.

Funnell broke free and ran off despite the officer drawing her Taser.

The defendant was arrested a few days after the incident, which happened on July 2 this year.

The court was told the victim no longer wanted to support a prosecution and did not attend a trial last month.

But with the evidence captured on video the case proceeded and Funnell pleaded guilty to the assault on his partner and on the police officer.

He also admitted two counts of criminal damage, one which related to an earlier offence, and possession of cannabis.

Funnell, of Neville Road, Sutton, near Stalham, was sentenced to a 24-month community order which included 40 hours of unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £50 compensation to the police officer, £30 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

Rebecca Utton, mitigating, said he accepted what he had done and was remorseful. She said he suffered from anxiety and was concerned about being held in a confined space, which prompted him to act as he had.

Body cameras are being worn by frontline officers in Norfolk and Suffolk as part of a £1m project.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News

59 minutes ago

Charity fundraisers moved by the plight of a baby boy in hospital in Cyprus have added £500 to a growing fund launched to pay for emergency medical treatment.

A man who had to be sat on to be kept under control during an arrest for shoplifting is still in custody.

16:27

A sunshine holiday has turned into a nightmare for a Caister family after their baby son fell ill in Cyprus and their insurers refused to pay for his treatment.

16:19

A lack of footfall at the wrong end of town is being blamed for the demise of a theatre cafe in Great Yarmouth.

Most Read

Yesterday, 18:54

Four police officers were forced to sit on a man to get him under control during a dramatic arrest in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Great Yarmouth Police
Mon, 10:09

American fast food chain Taco Bell is launching in Great Yarmouth and now its location has been revealed.

Read more
Jonathan Newman
Mon, 13:40

A teenager has been charged after a woman in her 60s was assaulted on the Great Yarmouth market place.

Read more
Norwich Magistrates Court
Yesterday, 13:01

A teenager who was found with a flick knife shortly after a man was slashed across the neck in Great Yarmouth has been jailed.

Read more
Martin Ivory
Yesterday, 14:43

Another Norfolk beach has been added to the list of those taking part in a Remembrance Sunday tribute by filmmaker Danny Boyle.

Read more
Danny Boyle

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy