Drunk Felixstowe bricklayer told police taking him to court would be a waste of time

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A Felixstowe bricklayer told magistrates he was ashamed after swearing at police while drunk and telling them taking him to court would be a waste of time.

Ryan Dodd, of Valley Walk, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to threatening behaviour.

Prosecutor Ian Allen said the incident occurred after the 29-year-old was ejected from Revolution in Ipswich’s Cattle Market shortly before 3am on August 7.

The court heard Dodd remained near the nightspot and was clearly unhappy saying “I can do what I want – it’s my country”.

Police ushered him away and told Dodd to move on.

However, he told them not to touch him and clenched his fist.

Dodd was given another warning to leave and informed that if he did not he could be arrested.

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He tried to move past an officer telling them he respected the police but then swore.

Again he was told to leave. Other people tried to persuade him to go and he was guided towards the taxi rank.

However, Dodd continued to swear at police who gave him a final warning.

Mr Allen said Dodd replied: “I have been to court before – a small fine. What a waste of time.

“I can do what I want and you can’t tell me what to do.”

Dodd was then arrested.

Representing himself Dodd told the court: “I am ever so sorry. On hearing that, it’s quite embarrassing. I was very drunk.

“I got ejected (from the nightspot) very, very forcibly. I’m not making excuses for it.

“I do apologise. That’s not my (typical) behaviour at all. I’m very ashamed to tell the honest truth.”

Dodd was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs as well as £20 to the victims’ fund.