A disabled Northampton man who spat at a paramedic and police officers has been jailed

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

A disabled Northampton man with an ‘anger management problem’ who spat at a paramedic in Northampton who had been called out to treat him has been given a 16-week jail sentence.

Mark Culverhouse, aged 26, of Fullingdale Road, Headlands, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court after he pleaded guilty to four assault charges, resisting arrest and threatening to damage a police car.

The court heard all the charges relate to an incident on June 28 when officers were called out to deal with a reported domestic disturbance.

Stella Moses, prosecuting, said, when they arrived at the scene they found Culverhouse had fallen out of his wheelchair and the attempted to help him up.

However, he became extremely abusive and aggressive an resisted arrest by putting his arms behind his back.

Ms Moses said the officers managed to get him on to a stretcher but he continued to be abusive and spat at a paramedic who had been called out to treat him.

The court heard that Culverhouse, who had consumed a quantity of alcohol, had a ‘hatred’ of the police and continued to spit and verbally abuse a number of police officers.

Magistrates were told Culverhouse had an anger management problem and had 10 previous convictions for violence offences.

No probation report was available for the sentencing hearing due to the fact Culverhouse had become angry with the probation officer and terminated the interview.

District Judge Tim Daber said: “This was a thoroughly unpleasant incident, involving you spitting at any officer in range and exhibiting very unpleasant behaviour.”

Culverhouse was jailed for 16 weeks in prison. He must also pay court charges of £260.

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