A drunk man who threatened to ‘knock out’ a policeman in downtown Newtown has been sentenced to 12 months on parole by a court.
Martyn Jones had been drinking on Saturday afternoon, February 26, and his behavior and use of language worsened during a busy hour of the day when there were families with children nearby.
He was ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a victim fine surcharge of £22 after pleading guilty to threatening behavior likely to cause distress when he appeared at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday March 15 .
Susan Usmar, president, told Jones: “It was really very unpleasant and not pleasant for the people, including the families, who heard you swear and carry on like that.”
Prosecuting Helen Tench said officers discovered Jones was drunk and was slurring his words.
“He told an officer several times that she was a ‘dumb little bitch.’ The police warned him, to which he replied, “I don’t give a fuck.” He was later arrested, but he continued to be verbally abusive. The accused said to the police: “Do you think that I am afraid of you?”. He told Inspector Price “I’m going to knock you out”.
Martin Walker, defending, told the court that Jones had “remorse and regret” for the incident.
“Mr. Jones started drinking earlier in the day and agrees to be outside the bridge pub in Newtown. He didn’t believe he had done anything wrong, and it escalated with swearing and more officers present. He has remorse and regrets.
Jones, of Rocky Lane, Nechells, Birmingham was sentenced to 12 months parole and fines totaling £107.
Ms Usmar added: ‘It’s not very nice for our officers to deal with this and for children and families to hear this.’