SOLIHULL magistrates have raised concerns over police treatment of an Alzheimer’s sufferer who was arrested for causing damage to a car and assaulting the driver.
Michael Poole, 62, scraped the side of the pick-up, which was parked at Discount Motor Spares in Castle Bromwich, with a key on February 26. He then struck the owner’s head with a ‘man bag’.
Poole, of Lundy View, Smith’s Wood, was arrested and taken to Solihull Police Station to be interviewed. He appeared at Solihull Magistrates on Monday.
His solicitor, Philip Haycock, told the bench that despite officers being aware of his illness, he was concerned that certain procedures hadn’t been followed.
He added: “This is not a criticism but unusually, despite being aware of his condition, police did not call for an appropriate adult and they did not suggest he should be legally represented.
“Mr Poole found the whole time at the police station very traumatic and he was there on his own for the best part of a day.”
Mr Haycock said his client, who pleaded guilty to criminal damage and assault, had no recollection of the incident but would have been aware of his actions at the time. Poole was diagnosed with severe Alzheimer’s three years ago and suffers memory loss and mood swings due to the condition, the court heard. He is cared for by his partially-sighted wife.
Magistrates said they were ‘concerned’ at the ‘attitude shown by police’ and lawyers confirmed the matter has been raised with officers.
Poole was fined £65 for the criminal damage and ordered to pay £300 compensation. He was also fined £30 for assault and told to pay £20 compensation. £60 costs were also ordered, along with a £15 victim surcharge.