Bare-chested convicted child abductor admits police obstruction

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court

A bare-chested convicted child abductor refused to let police in a house and tried to push an officer backwards when they turned up with social services, a court heard.

Ex-farm worker Damone Raus Murphy (44) was told he was under arrest, didn’t comply. There was a struggle on the floor, he kicked out and refused to be handcuffed in the 8-15pm trouble.

Burnley Magistrates’ Court was told police said Murphy had no shirt on, was sweating, his eyes were glazed, he smelled of stale beer and was hostile.

They thought he was drunk. Murphy, of Rhoda Street, Nelson, admitted obstructing police on September 21st. He was fined £80, with a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Prosecutor Mr Andrew Robinson said Murphy had told police “you’re not coming in,” and tried to close the door. An officer put her foot in the door so he couldn’t close it, he was still refusing to let the police in and an officer stepped in the house.

Mr Robinson said: “The defendant put both hands on the officer’s chest and tried to push him backwards. He has a conviction for child abduction in the past. That was the concern of the social services.”

Mr Ben Leech (defending) said: “He was trying to prevent officers seeking access to the house because he believed the matter had been appropriately dealt with.

“It wasn’t the most convenient of times to call and a very emotional time which then unfolded. He denies being drunk.”