A NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD youth who stood before Boston magistrates charged with being drunk and disorderly last week was doing so for the third time, the court was told.
Jimmy Nuttall, of Frampton Fen Lane, Hubberts Bridge, was told by magistrates that ‘he needed to be changing his ways’ after he appeared before them for punching another man in the Market Place, swearing and being abusive and then spitting in the face of the officer who tried to calm him down.
Prosecuting, Marie Stace said: “The spitting disgusted the officer. He said he would rather be punched than spat on.”
He pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place and assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty.
Carrie Simson, defending, said Nuttall had not spat at the officer deliberately, but as a reckless act. She added that he had drunk 15 pints of alcohol and was going through a bad period in his life at the time, saying: “His life was spiralling out of control and he was using alcohol as a form of escapism.”
Nuttall was handed a community order with 80 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £100 court costs.