'What was I on?' - mystery drug sends man berserk

Defendant 'acting in bizarre and aggressive manner'

John Garvey


John Garvey




A MYSTERY drug made a man so violent and crazed that police had to subdue him using the incapacitant spray, Captor.

The drama happened in Newbury town centre as Ian David Cornwall dodged traffic, hurling random abuse while “spoiling for a fight” with anyone who came near, town magistrates heard.

When police moved in to try to calm the 34-year-old he attacked one officer and spat in another’s face, the court was told.

His solicitor Stephen Collins, who saw him in a police cell afterwards, said: “He was behaving extremely strangely and acting in a bizarre manner at the police station – I’ve never seen him like that before. He now tells me he doesn’t know what drug it was that he had taken but he never wants to take it again.”

Helen Waite, prosecuting, said officers on patrol became aware of Mr Cornwall standing near the offices of West Berkshire Council in Market Street.

She said he was staggering in the road amid traffic, clutching a beer bottle and hurling abuse at passers-by.

Ms Waite added: “He was aggressive and struggling to stand upright. He was in the middle of the road, causing cars to swerve.

“He was spoiling for a fight and told one officer: ‘If you come near me I’ll hit you with this bottle.’”

The court heard Mr Cornwall then struck one officer to the side of the face and spat “a huge quantity of spittle” full in the face of another.

Ms Waite said: “He was so aggresive officvers had to use their Captor spray. Later in interview he exercised his right to silence.”

Mr Cornwall, of no fixed address, admitted assaulting both PCSO Nathan Long and PC John O’Donovan in the execution of their duty, and committing a further offence while subject to a conditional discharge, all on February 14.

Mr Collins said: “He is thoroughly ashamed of what he did. His conduct was appalling. Sadly, though, drugs are still playing a part in his life.”

Magistrates made Mr Cornwall seubject to a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement with 20 day rehabiliation activity requirement.

In addition he was ordered tio pay a £60 victim surcharge and to pay £50 each in compensation to the officers he assaulted.

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  • Godspeaks

    17/09/2016 - 23:11

    I'm sure he isn't as bad as people make out ☺


  • Blizzard

    26/04/2016 - 22:10

    Use spell checker, this is littered with errors. Anyway. Homeless guy has money for booze and drugs, assaults police, has his own brief somehow, says nothing in interview, hours of police time down the pan, and pay £50 at 50p a month to the police. Need a hotel in Newbury, spit in a cops face. B&B for £50


    • Godspeaks

      17/09/2016 - 23:11



  • Tommy

    26/04/2016 - 13:01

    Swap him for one of the Calais jungle residents, they would be 100% more benefit to the town than this waster.


    • Godspeaks

      17/09/2016 - 23:11

      Maybe swap you and your mum for someone you inbred


  • Louise


    26/04/2016 - 12:12

    Expect a repeat performance any day soon. Good luck with the compensation awards; doubt you'll ever see it.


    • Godspeaks

      17/09/2016 - 23:11

      No your probably right you know what they say though jelous gets you know where. Get a hobby or something you seem bored having to fill your little life slagging people off


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