Portslade man spared prison after 14-hour siege

Posted On 22 Jan 2019 at 1:22 pm

A man from Portslade has been spared prison after a 14-hour siege when he attacked a police officer and had a go at another man.

Thomas Garmon, also known as Thomas Garman, 50, of Parker Court, in Foredown Road, Portslade, assaulted PC Stuart Ellis and threatened another man, Darren Fuge.

The stand-off started as a row over noisy music a few days after Christmas.

Sussex Police said: “A man has been charged after locking himself in a flat.

“Officers attended a property in Foredown Road, Portslade, at 11.35pm on Friday 28 December following reports of loud music being played from a flat.

“Thomas Garmon was arrested when he came out of the property at around 2.20pm on Saturday 29 December.”

Garmon, 50, was charged with assaulting an emergency worker and pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 8 January.

He also admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause Mr Fuge to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against him.

But in court he said that he was unwilling to comply with a community order which was being considered as a sentence.

District Judge Amanda Kelly instead sentenced Garman to four weeks in prison on each charge to run consecutively, making eight weeks in total.

She suspended both prison sentences for six months.

Garmon was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

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