December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
A man spat on the seat of a police car and “repeatedly” shoved his head into officers legs while in the back of the vehicle after being arrested for stealing two bottles of wine which he hid down his trousers, a court has heard.
Charles Marrison, 34, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to criminal damage to the police car and resisting a constable in the execution of his duty on August 22 having previously admitted theft.
Marrison, of Bishop Bridge House, William Kett Close, Norwich, was jailed for a total of 16 weeks after it emerged the offences had put him in breach, for the second time, of a suspended sentence imposed on May 30 in relation to a burglary and theft offence.
Gary Mayle, prosecuting, said “it all started” when the defendant stole two bottles of wine from One Stop Shop on Quebec Road after concealing them “down his trousers” and leaving the shop without paying. The shop attendant spotted the incident and police were called and recognised the defendant when reviewing CCTV.
Police later went to Bishop Bridge House to arrest Marrison for theft but the defendant was “aggressive” and “wound up” after having his request for the chance to have a cigarette refused.
He had to be restrained with officers struggling to get him into the police vehicle. On the way to the Police Investigation Centre (PIC) at Wymondham Marrison “headbutted the side passenger window” of the police car before “repeatedly” forcing his head into the legs of officers and spat on the police investigation centre at Wymondham seat of the car resulting in a £66 cleaning bill and a further arrest for criminal damage.
James Landells, mitigating, said it was a “depressingly familiar story” for Marrison who has a substance addiction problem, which was worsened by the recent break up of a relationship which left him homeless.
Mr Landells said Marrison, who has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was candid about the fact he would be going to prison and would “try and take advantage of his period in custody in terms of trying to get himself into a positive frame of mind”.
In terms of the offences, he said the theft was low value, while the other offences happened when he was “not in a good frame of mind”.