An assault on a police officer with an air weapon in New Ash Green has led to a man being sentenced to more than three years’ imprisonment.
Adam Woodbridge fired pellets in the direction of police who had been called to a disturbance in Bazes Shaw. Officers attended the address on 17 January 2020, following reports Woodbridge had made threats and assaulted a woman who was known to him.
When requests were made by police for Woodbridge to come to the front door he shouted abuse, threatening ‘whoever comes in here is getting hurt’. Shots were fired from inside, with one pellet penetrating the door and striking an officer in the hand. Additional resources were sent to the scene and entry was secured to the property. Woodbridge was arrested and an air rifle seized.
Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court, Woodbridge, aged 49, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing an air weapon with intent to cause fear of violence, common assault of an emergency worker and criminal damage. He denied a further count of common assault as well as a charge of assault by beating, both of which the court ordered to remain on file.
On Wednesday 15 July, Woodbridge was sentenced to three years and three months in prison. He was also made subject of a five-year restraining order.
Detective Constable Megan Hughes, of the West Kent Vulnerability Investigation Team, said: ‘Whilst no one was seriously injured, the custodial sentence Woodbridge will now serve is a reminder of the dangers air weapons can pose when in the wrong hands. The restraining order also passed by the court is a reflection of a lengthy period of distress that Woodbridge has also caused to the woman involved in this incident. I hope the outcome of this case will at least provide some reassurance and comfort to her.’