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Man jailed after row at home
8:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A DOMESTIC row ended with a woman in hospital and a police officer being bitten by a dog.
A court heard Darren Yerby was thrown out by his ex-partner and in an argument, her next door neighbour was punched by Yerby.
She ended up in Broomfield Hospital needing stitches to an injury on her nose.
Later, police looking for Yerby found him with his possessions and pet Staffordshire terrier in a park area and there was another row.
This time Yerby was arrested but not before one officer was bitten on the leg by the dog and another officer was pushed by Yerby.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard police found drugs and a lock knife in his possessions when he was searched later.
Yerby, 33, was told by a judge his conduct had been “quite disgraceful”.
He was jailed for a total of two years after he admitted charges of actual bodily harm, possession of the knife and cannabis and two charges of assaulting police.
Yerby, of Meadgate Avenue, Chelmsford, also admitted another charge of possessing cannabis.
The court heard Yerby’s former partner Vicky Chandler asked him to leave her home in Chelmsford in the early hours of New Year’s Day and there was an argument.
Next door neighbour Mary McNamara got involved and Yerby punched her repeatedly, causing a deep cut to the bridge of her nose.
The injury needed at least five stitches, prosecutor John Caudle said.
Yerby collected his possessions in a bag and left with his dog called Buzz and police were called.
Mr Caudle said officers caught up with Yerby and there was a struggle as they tried to arrest him.
At one point, Yerby was heard to say to his dog “Buzz, help me” and the animal bit one officer on the leg.
The court also heard the other cannabis charge involved a bag being found in Churchill Rise, Chelmsford, containing 43 grammes of cannabis.
Checks revealed one of Yerby’s fingerprints in the bag, Mr Caudle told the court.
Yerby’s barrister, Sasha Bailey, said his problems stemmed from his drink and drugs problems.
“At 33, he now realises he cannot go on like this and is trying to sort out his problems,” Miss Bailey said.
She also told the court Yerby had not encouragerd his dog to bite the police officer.
“It was not used as a weapon,” Miss Bailey said. “It is not a dangerous dog and is good with children.
“The circumstances of the arrest led to the dog becoming anxious and this led to it acting in the way it did,” Miss Bailey added.