Chelmsford man jailed for assaulting a woman, two men and a police officer

A man who hit a woman with a metal bin, stabbed two men, and then punched a police officer has been jailed.

Officers were called to Pembroke Place, Chelmsford at around 3pm on October 1 following reports of a disturbance.

An argument had broken out between 21 year-old Kieren Burkett and two women inside an address there and had spilled outside after Burkett had taken one of the women’s mobile phones and a kitchen knife.

As the argument continued, Burkett was seen to punch one of the women and hit her round the face with a metal bin.

Two men, who were driving passed at the time, got out of their car to intervene but Burkett stabbed one of them twice to the stomach and the other once to his buttock before he ran off.

Burkett was arrested a short time later and when an officer asked him to put his seatbelt on, Burkett punched him in the stomach.

He was identified as the attacker by a further witness and a knife seen to be discarded by Burkett was found in a nearby bush.

DNA linked Burkett to the knife.

Burkett, of Waterson Vale, Chelmsford, was charged with various offences and at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday November 4 admitted two counts of GBH without intent, two counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker, and one count of possession of a knife in a public place.

He was sentenced to a total of two years and then given a further year to run consecutively for two counts of possession with intent to supply drugs.

Investigating officer Detective Simon Gray, from Chelmsford CID, said: “Kieren Burkett attacked four people in a short amount of time, seemingly with little concern for their wellbeing.
“It is fortunate that none of the injuries sustained were serious and the reality is that the situation could have been much worse.

“The fact Burkett also assaulted a police officer is an indication of his mindset that he was willing to use violence against anyone.

“It is not acceptable and he now has time behind bars to reflect on the consequences of his actions.”

Mick Ferris

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