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Man who racially abused police officer in court

Worcester Editorial 8th Apr, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A VULNERABLE man racially abused a police officer after not taking his medication, a court has heard.

Marcus Evans, of Alma Street, was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £120 after he pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive words to cause fear of unlawful violence and racially aggravated harassment.

On March 15, about 6.30pm, officers were called to an address in the city where the 22-year-old was arguing with his mum, and reportedly drinking a large amount of cider and self-harming.

Evans, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and psychosis at the age of 16, volunteered himself to be taken by ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester Magistrates Court heard on Friday (April 4).

The court also heard how he calmed down and was put in the general waiting room, where he made inappropriate and aggravating comments about heroin to a man in the waiting room, who he then tried to assault.

Police were called back to the hospital later that evening to find staff having to restrain him and put screens around to keep him out of the public view.

Evans continued to shout obscenities towards staff and had to be put in emergency restraint belts before being taken back to the police station, where he racially insulted PC Seewosaha.

Defending solicitor Barry Newton said: “He is an extremely vulnerable individual and the single reason for this episode was that he had not received his medication due to one of his carers taking the view he should change doctors.

“When he hasn’t had it in the past he can flip out, but can never recall it afterwards.

“He is very sorry for what has happened, he shouldn’t of done it but it was down to him not having his medication.”

Chair of the Bench Linda Griffin added: “We note about your medication and we feel that was the primary cause to this episode. However, we also mention you were drinking the cider and that was your choice.”

Evans was ordered to pay court costs of £105 and a victim surcharge of £15.

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