24th Sep, 2020

Car vandal who spat at police avoids prison term

Worcester Editorial 4th May, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A WORCESTER man who damaged cars and spat in the face of two police constables has walked away from court with a suspended sentence and fine.

Sam Brown, of Gheluvelt Park, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault on a constable, four charges of criminal damage to cars and possession of a Class B drug at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (April 29).

The 30-year-old was seen on March 12 at 11.30pm throwing stones at cars parked on Wakefield Close causing the alarms to go off. Four vehicles were damaged including dents, chips and a smashed window, totalling a cost of £750, court heard.

Jackie Rogers, prosecuting, said: “The defendant ran away and was pursued through gardens. A quantity of rocks was found in his pocket.

“Four vehicles were damaged, including a Ford Mondeo, a Renault Clio Sport, a Rover and a VW Caddy parked on Liverpool Road.

“When police detained him, he became volatile and aggressive. The assault was on a police constable who escorted him, he spat directly into her face. At the police station he was being abusive and spat directly at another constable when taking him to the cells.”

When in custody, 20 rolls of Class B drugs were seized from Brown, which included Benzocaine and Alpha PVP, court heard.

Jackie Rogers said: “When interviewed he said they were for his own use. He accepted the damage and was very drunk. He accepted the assaults but couldn’t recall everything he had done.

“The drugs, he had no idea when they came into his possession.”

Barry Newton, defending, said: “He is 30 years of age. He does not drink regularly but in the last 12 months there has been emotional issues in his life.

“On this particular evening he consumed a bottle of vodka which is completely out of the norm. He is currently living temporarily with a former soldier. He is providing him with support for drink and drugs. He is a good samaritan.”

For all charges, Brown was handed a 12 week sentence suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to complete a six month alcohol treatment requirement and 160 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £750 compensation to the car owners, £100 to each police constable and an £80 victim surcharge.


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