A ‘thug’ who spat in the face of a police officer and called another officer a ‘big b******’ must be jailed for six months, a judge ordered today.
ames Briers was told only imprisonment was appropriate for his outbursts during the pandemic.
Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard the 23-year-old assault an officer in a first incident in the city on November 27 last year.
Police were called to an undisclosed address amid allegations he had gone on a rampage, destroying a TV and leaving a woman in fear.
Briers was arrested again following a second encounter on Royal Avenue in the city center on December 15.
Police were reported by a member of the public who claimed a man hit and dented his Peugeot van.
The vehicle owner directed an officer to a nearby bus stop where Briers was standing with a two-liter bottle of cider, the court heard.
A prosecution attorney said the defendant shouted, “You’re a fat b******, PSNI c***.”
With members of the public present, he ignored warnings about his behavior.
Briers, of Westbourne Street in Belfast, was found guilty of common assault, criminal damage, assault on police and disorderly behavior in connection with the two incidents.
In handing down his sentence, District Judge Ted Magill told him, “You destroyed a TV, scared a young woman into an assault, and spat in the face of a police officer in the midst of a Covid pandemic.
“Then you behave rough on the street, damaging someone’s car for no reason, and you behave in an extremely unpleasant manner in view of members of the public.”
Mr Magill confirmed: ‘Only police custody is appropriate.’
With Briers currently behind bars on separate matters, the judge imposed a total of six months for the latest offenses.
He also pointed out: “This sentence should be served when your (current) prison term expires.”