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Man threw cast iron grill top at mum and assaulted police in cocaine-fuelled attack

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A Bristol man assaulted his parents and two police officers after consuming 20 bottles of beer, half a litre of whisky and half a gram of cocaine, a court heard.

Michael Jonathan Camp, 34, of no fixed abode, went to visit his mum in Warmley on July 11 following an argument with his partner.

But things took a turn for the worst as Camp, who is believed to have been suffering with mental health issues at the time, proceeded to attack his mum, her partner and two police officers as well as causing damage to the house.

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At Bristol Crown Court today (Tuesday, August 17) Mr Ndlovu, prosecuting, said Camp went to his mothers home where she lives with her partner and two children, where he continued drinking.

But after Camp took a shower and returned downstairs Mr Ndlovu said “the mood changed.”

“He argued with his mum’s partner in the kitchen. He proceeded to throw items around the kitchen and cause damage to the house,” he said.

“Camp pulled the tumble dryer outlet from its socket, smashed a plate in the sink, and threw cast iron grill tops striking his mum and dad in the face.”

Camp was found to have damaged a window with a beer bottle.

Police arrived shortly after but when they tried to detain Camp he used a frying pan to strike one officer and proceeded to punch her in the face and push her into a door frame.

A second officer was also struck numerous times. One officer sustained scratches and bruises after the attack.

But defending lawyer Nadeem Aullybocus said Camp, who was working as a scaffolder at the time, had decided to stop taking medication for bipolar disorder, which he said was making him feel drowsy.

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“He decided to stop his meds and carry on working,” Mr Aullybocus said. “It’s quite clear that something happened to him.

“He was self medicating. Things spiralled out of control on one occasion, it doesn’t happen all the time.”

Camp is currently serving time in prison for breaching his suspended sentence, but is receiving help for his mental health.

At Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (August 17) Camp was given 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, as well as 80 hours of unpaid work and will have to pay £200 in costs.

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