A SMIRKING yob who bit and headbutted a policeman has been locked up.
Hartlepool teenager Callum James Horsley said he would not abide by the rules of a community order and wanted to be sent to prison for attacking the officer during a night out in the town’s Church Street.
The sniggering 19-year-old’s wish was granted when he was sentenced to 18-weeks in custody.
But he was also slapped with a year-long drink banning order preventing him from entering Hartlepool’s booze hotspots in and around the areas of Church Street, York Road and Park Road, from 7pm to 7am.
It came after he was ordered to stop laughing by the magistrates during the prosecutor’s outline of the case.
The court heard that Horsley had downed 10 pints of lager on a night out with friends when he got into an argument with his girlfriend in Shades, in Church Street, and was thrown out.
Horsley was spotted behaving in an “agitated” manner with cuts to his hands and face so a police officer went to speak to him.
Magistrates were told he was aggressive and started swearing at the officer so another policeman went to calm him down.
Suddenly Horsley lunged at the cop and headbutted him before he was restrained by being forced to the floor.
Justices heard that Horsley then spat in the officer’s face.
The officer put a hand to Horsley’s mouth area to prevent him from spitting again when the defendant bit into his finger.
Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court:
“The defendant was shouting ‘I’m going to kill you’ and was taken straight to a cell at Hartlepool Police Station due to his behaviour.”
Horsley pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police constable in the execution of his duty on March 13.
The court was also told that he had previous convictions for being drunk and disorderly, unlawful wounding, and criminal damage.
Mitigating, Stuart Haywood said: “He was arrested by officers and thrown to the floor and the use of force in the circumstances was excessive. He accepts his actions thereafter, but he says that a proportion of that was self-defence.
“He’s subject to a community order at present, but he isn’t complying with that order, neither will he comply with it.
“Effectively he’s asking you to lock him up today.”
On sentencing Horsley, of Northgate, Headland, Hartlepool, chairman of the magistrates’ bench John Glancey said the “sustained attack” could only be dealt with by locking him up.