A SINGER who topped the charts in the 90s has averted jail right after slapping a woman police officer in the facial area through a drunken assault.
Antonio Di Bartolomeo, 58, assaulted Jessica Howells right after police were known as to his dwelling in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
The singer, who attained No1 in the charts with track The Serious Thing underneath his phase title Tony Di Bart, was pepper-sprayed throughout the arrest.
Di Bartolomeo was nowadays handed a 12-month neighborhood get after he was discovered guilty of assault by beating an emergency employee.
He was also requested to carry out 20 times of rehabilitation pursuits and pay £200 payment as well as a furthrr £700 in court docket expenses.
Looking through Magistrates’ Court docket read police had been referred to as to his house on February 28 soon after he sent a video to his lover of him harmful her furnishings.
Officers were being making an attempt to handcuff Di Bartolomeo as he was drunk when he lashed out at Personal computer Howells.
Offering proof, she stated: “I took maintain of his arm which was in entrance of him, my colleague, I feel, took his other arm, he was arrested in relation to the offences.
“We tried out to get the defendant’s arms at the rear of his again – having said that, due to his dimensions we were being unable to do that.
“We were being in a seriously limited space of the dwelling, a minimal corridor, so I drew my captor spray.
“I felt a hand go all around my experience and pull my encounter. I felt like a smack and then a get, I was striving to get his arm at the rear of his back again so I could get the handcuffs on him.”
In law enforcement bodycam footage, the cop can be listened to declaring “ow” when Di Bartolomeo “smacked” her in the confront.
He then asks: “What have you completed? You’re in my dwelling. I have doe nothing at all improper”.
Di Bartolomeo claimed he was striving to defend his deal with from the spray officers experienced made use of and denied grabbing Personal computer Howells.
He extra: “I have hardly ever raised a hand towards a woman in my everyday living. There had been arms all all over me, keeping me and anything else, at the time they did that (captor spray) my eyes stayed closed.
“There was no putting my hand out and grabbing her face, that did not take place.”
Di Bartolomeo beforehand admitted employing threatening/abusive terms/conduct with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress .
He also pleaded guilty to racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment/alarm/distress and legal problems.
This was in relation to two different incidents in March wherever he racially abused a male and woman law enforcement officer.