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Jail for man who spat in police officer’s face – Leeds

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A man who spat in a police officer’s face while he was being arrested for being drunk and disorderly has been jailed.

Dominic Smith, aged 38, from Wilbert Grove in Beverley, was handed a 20 week jail term and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on 31 July. 

Officers were called by train staff to platform 16 at Leeds station on Tuesday, 6 March, following concerns for the welfare of a man who was slumped on board a Hull to Manchester service.

When officers approached him, the man, Dominic Smith, became extremely aggressive and abusive. When officers escorted him off the train he continued to shout and swear at them and after being warned on a number of occasions, he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

As he was being transported in the lift to the station exit he spat in the face of one of the arresting officers, resulting in him having to seek medical treatment.

Investigating officer PC Rob Glassborow said: “Smith’s behaviour was vile and aggressive towards officers who were initially trying to help him. 
“Spitting is a nauseating form of assault which is not only revolting but also known to spread infection.”

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