Local News & Archive — August 23, 2016 at 11:26 pm — Updated: August 23, 2016 at 11:26 pm

Wrongful arrest: Rhyl man admits biting officer

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A court has heard how police officers arrested the wrong man for an alleged sexual assault in Rhyl.

But Liam Mason bit the knuckle of one of the officers when he resisted arrest in front of his girlfriend in the town centre earlier this month.

The defence told Llandudno magistrates that Mason (22) from South Avenue had overheard a man telling a officer he was responsible – and the officer involved had not been very discreet when he announced why he was arresting him in public.

Mason was later released at the police station when officers accepted they had arrested the wrong suspect – he said they had been ‘heavy handed’.

His defence added that the incident had led to threats made against Mason. But he admitted assaulting the officer and resisting police and was sorry for what happened.

Mason was fined £300 and told to pay £115 in court costs and a further £50 compensation.

 

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