Ex-soldier Karl Jordan with post-traumatic stress sentenced for assaulting police officer
An ex-soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) must undergo alcohol treatment after assaulting a police officer.
Karl Jordan, 36, who lives in accommodation for ex-servicemen, was out drinking in The Spread Eagle, Wandsworth on December 6 last year.
Wimbledon Magistrates Court heard he was drinking excessively, while his coat and house keys were stolen from the pub.
He began to panic and grew increasingly angry at pub staff, who he felt did not take his report seriously.
Police were called and he launched an assault on police constable O'Brien, while resisting arrest.
Magistrates heard Jordan suffers from chronic depression and PTSD since he was discharged from the army in 2006.
He signed up to the army when he was aged 22 and was posted to Kosovo, but on return to the UK found himself unemployed and homeless.
Defence council said: "The assault was a reckless assault. In an attempt to break free and release his arms he admits this offence.
"He has chronic depression, and post traumatic stress disorder is the underlying issue of his anger management issues."
The court heard Jordan was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for the sake of his son.
He moved into Chiswick War Memorial Homes two years ago, while he referred himself to alcohol support group iHear.
The army veteran pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to drunk and disorderly behaviour in a public place and assault with intent to resist arrest.
Magistrates gave him a 12 month supervision order, which includes alcohol dependency treatment for six months and a £120 fine to cover court costs.