Jailed for spitting

SPITTING at police officers has landed one Ipswich man a two month prison sentence.Thomas Ehret was so drunk when officers arrested him at the Ipswich YMCA that he could not remember any of his actions, South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard.

SPITTING at police officers has landed one Ipswich man a two month prison sentence.

Thomas Ehret was so drunk when officers arrested him at the Ipswich YMCA that he could not remember any of his actions, South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard.

Police were called on Wednesday when Ehret was involved in a row with another resident.

Prosecutor Patricia Doggett told magistrates yesterday that officers had spoken to Ehret, of no fixed abode, who then left but later that day was spotted having another row outside the building.


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Miss Doggett read out an officers statement that said: "(Ehret) was aggressive and was unsteady on his feet.

"He smelt of intoxicating liquor."

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Ehret was arrested for disorderly conduct but spat at two of the arresting officers and on arrival at the police station, spat in the face of a third.

Ehret pleaded guilty to three charges of assaulting a police officer and a charge of disorderly conduct.

David Hutson, defending Ehret said: "To his credit he has pleaded guilty even though he cannot recall what happened.

"He consumed a vast quantity of alcohol and cannot recall what the initial argument was about but accepts that is what must have happened.

"He has been before the court on a number of occasions but this is his first violent offence."

Mr Hutson also added that he had been arrested several times before and come into contact with police in that way but had never been violent before.

Ehret was sentenced to eight weeks in custody to run concurrently.

Maureen Bateman, chairman of the bench said: "This is a serious offence because you have no recollection of events.

"(Spitting) is particularly dangerous because of the transmission of body fluids."

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