Man spat at of­fi­cer who took him to hos­pi­tal

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

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 over 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 Mag­is­rates’ Court on Thurs­day.

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

“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 caus­ing him to step back as he throught he was go­ing to be pushed. He then spat at the of­fi­cer with the spit mak­ing con­tact on his fore­arm.”

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

Mag­is­trates fined him £80 for the spit­ting as­sault on the po­lice of­fi­cer, £85 court costs £30 vic­tim sur­charge and £25 in com­pen­sa­tion to the po­lice of­fi­cer.

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