Foul-mouthed yob spat at doorman and policeman


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN who hurled homophobic abuse and spat at police officers and door staff has been jailed for six months.

Robert William Bailey, 23, of Greenbank Villages, Church Street, Flint, called police “gay boys” and told one of the officers he had had sex with his mother and she had “loved it”.

He admitted assaulting a doorman by spitting at him at the Penny Black on Abbott Street, Wrexham, at an earlier hearing at Flintshire Magistrates Court in Mold on Monday.

He also admitted spitting at a policeman on Priory Street in Wrexham when being apprehended by officers on Saturday night.

Appearing for sentencing at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday, Bailey also pleaded guilty to breaching a community order imposed on him last November after failing to attend appointments with the Probation Service in February.

On the night in question, Bailey was ejected from a pub and he smashed a glass on the floor before being led outside.

There he was abusive to a doorman and spat at him before walking off. He then returned and made further threats before spitting at him twice more.

Police attended and he spat at one of the officers.

He was said by a prosecutor at an earlier hearing to have been very abusive and an officer with 21 years experience with North Wales Police later told how he had never heard such abuse coming from one person’s mouth.

Interviewed the following day, he said he was so drunk he could not recall the incident.

Sentencing Bailey yesterday, District Judge Gwyn Jones ordered he serve a 60-day prison sentence for having spat at the doorman, a 60-day sentence for spitting at the police officer and a third 60-day sentence for breaching the community order – a total of six months behind bars.

Mr Jones said: “Spitting, in my view, is extremely distasteful and totally unacceptable behaviour.

“You were the subject of a community order and could not be bothered to attend meetings with probation – but you could be bothered to come to Wrexham for a night out.”

Mr Jones added: “Your record of offending indicates you would not comply with any orders.”

Helen Tench, prosecuting at Wrexham on Wednesday, said, Bailey had been out in Wrexham on Saturday night, and had spat at the doorman at the Penny Black three times, and had spat at an officer when arrested.

Justine McVitie, defending, said Bailey’s doctor had referred him to a psychiatrist and he had been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and psychosis.

He had been on medication to help him deal with his conditions but had not taken his medication on the night in question.

She added he had been “extremely remorseful” about his behaviour and could not remember the events on the evening,

l After the case Wrexham Town Centre Inspector Paul Wycherley, of North Wales Police, said: “The male was arrested by foot patrol following an assault on door staff which involved him spitting at them.

“The arresting officer was also spat at. 

“It is absolutely disgusting and I will not tolerate my officers being spat upon.”

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