A MAN who claimed he did not remember breaking into a shed, trying to smash his way out with a hoe and headbutting a police officer has been given a curfew.

Caine Oatley, 21, of Blythe Way, Shanklin, appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on September 23, where he admitted burglary, attempted burglary, theft from a vehicle, assaulting an emergency worker, obstructing a police officer and possession of cocaine.

The court heard two teenage girls discovered Oatley at around 6.30am on September 8, trying to smash his way out of their garden shed.

Ann Smout, prosecuting, said: "The girls were home alone as their parents had gone away. They were awoken by the sound of a loud banging outside their home in Sandown.

"As they went outside, they saw a man trying to smash the window, telling them he was trying to get out."

Oatley fled the scene, before the police caught up with him nearby at Albert Road.

Officers pursued him to Victoria Road, where he became aggressive as he was arrested.

Mrs Smout said: "As he was arrested he became aggressive to the officers. He headbutted one and attempted to bite another."

The court heard Oatley was found in possession of cocaine when he was arrested, along with items of jewellery taken from a vehicle at the property he broke into.

Oatley told police he had no memory of the night's events.

Barry Arnett, defending, said: "Mr Oatley is a man who, in the past, has suffered with addiction to various substances, as well as anxiety.

"He insists he has absolutely no recollection of what went on that night, and he is horrified with himself that he would be in this situation."

Magistrates sentenced Oatley an 18 month community order, to include 20 rehabilitation days, and a three-month curfew, from 8pm to 8am.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £50, court costs of £85 and a surcharge of £32.

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