Man with “un­sta­ble per­son­al­ity dis­or­der” spat at po­lice of­fi­cer

Llanelli Star - - News - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­di­ 07790 591150

A MAN taken to hos­pi­tal by po­lice when no am­bu­lance was avail­able spat at one of the of­fi­cers, a court has been told.

Thomas Squires, of Tanyrho­dyn, Felin­foel, Llanelli, was helped by of­fi­cers af­ter a 999 call with con­cern to his wel­be­ing on May 28.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer in the ex­e­cu­tion of his duty when he ap­peared at Llanelli Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sian Vaughan said: “A 999 call was placed to the lo­ca­tion where the de­fen­dant was and he had con­sumed a vol­ume of al­co­hol and tablets.

“He was very in­tox­i­cated and drowsy.

“Of­fi­cers at­tended and took him to Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal in Llanelli, as there was no am­bu­lance avail­able.

“He was quiet in the back of the car un­til they got the hos­pi­tal and he re­fused help and didn’t want to get out.

“The de­fen­dant then walked up to one of the of­fi­cers PC Matthew Har­ries, caus­ing him to step back as he thought he was go­ing to be pushed.

“He then spat at the of­fi­cer with the spit mak­ing con­tact on his fore­arm.”

Mrs Vaughan added: “The of­fi­cer was shocked and dis­gusted by the be­hav­iour.

“The de­fen­dant was ex­tremely ag­i­tated and had to be put into a room to calm down on his own at the hos­pi­tal.”

She added Squires was sub­se­quently not in­ter­viewed by po­lice about the of­fence.

The court heard Squires was in breach of a com­mu­nity or­der, which came a month af­ter an­other as­sault in April.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Stephen John said Squires had “suf­fered through­out his adult life from spon­ta­neous bouts of men­tal ill­ness”.


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“This was one such episode,” he said. Mr John said he had an “un­sta­ble per­son­al­ity dis­or­der.”

Adding: “He has no rec­ol­lec­tion of the in­ci­dent and it was 100% down to his men­tal ill­ness.

“As the court has heard, one minute he was quiet in the po­lice car and then with a flick of switch, he changed.”

A re­port by the pro­ba­tion ser­vice said that Squires was “do­ing the best he can”, and was in reg­u­lar con­tact with them.

Mag­is­trates fined him £80 for the spit­ting as­sault on the po­lice of­fi­cer.

Along with £85 court costs £30 vic­tim sur­charge and £25 in com­pen­sa­tion to the po­lice of­fi­cer. Elim

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