A man who launched a ‘vicious and unprovoked attack’ on an enforcement agent from Marston Group has been jailed for 10 months at Burnley Crown Court.
Damien Park, 26, from Burnley, attacked the agent last October when he and a colleague called at Park’s home to collect an unpaid fine. A statement from Marston Group said that Park reportedly ran into his kitchen when the agent called and returned brandishing a large knife, which he waved ‘menacingly’ in front of the agent’s face.
Park, who has a previous criminal record that includes robbery, then punched the agent with such force that his nose was ‘bent over’. The police were subsequently called and Park was arrested. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison on Wednesday 12 May.
Russ Holden, national operations director for Marston Group, said: "There was no excuse for Mr Park’s behaviour.
"He had failed to pay his fine and as a result our enforcement agent was attempting to execute an order of the court. Our agents have a difficult job to do and they have a right to do it without fear of assault. We hope that the jail sentence serves as a warning to other debtors who may be tempted to use force against an enforcement agent."
Marston Group has confirmed that the agent, who did not want to be named, is still shaken by the incident, but went straight back to work after giving a statement to the police.
Published 19 May 2010