A Waringstown man who spat at a police officer was ordered to pay her £200 compensation last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
He was 35 year old Barry Robert Mark Tait, Clanconnell Gardens, Waringstown.
For being drunk in charge of a car on July 30 last year he was sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for three months.
Concurrent three month suspended terms were imposed for two assaults on police on the same date.
A compensation order for £200 was made in respect of the assault on a female officer.
The court heard that police went to Main Street, Waringstown, at 10.30pm. The defendant was on the street in close proximity to a vehicle and when he was searched he was found in possession of a key to the vehicle.
Police suspected he had consumed alcohol and when he was arrested he attempted to strike an officer. In custody he spat at a female officer. A breath test gave a reading of 90.
A barrister for Tait said that between 2000 and 2005 there had been a spike in his offending but since then he had been trying to sort out his life.
District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said that spitting at the officer was ‘unpleasant and gross’.
The barrister said that Tait’s behaviour was reprehensible and he would apologise to the police.