Man jailed for spitting blood in police officer’s face
A man who spat blood in the face of a police officer in a “disgusting and vile assault” has been jailed for 32 weeks.
Joshua Creasy also spat at and threatened rail staff during the incident at Park Lane Metro station in Sunderland before spitting at the British Transport Police officer.
The 26-year-old, of Quarry Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court to two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and two counts of common assault.
He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation to the victims.
The court heard how, on Saturday August 5, at Park Lane Metro station, an intoxicated Creasy became aggressive towards two members of railway staff, brandishing a glass bottle and spitting at them.
British Transport Police were called and Creasy resisted arrested, striking out at the officer and twice spitting blood into his face.
Investigating officer Sergeant Michael Forster said: “This was a disgusting and vile assault on members of staff who were simply doing their job.
“Being intoxicated is never an excuse for behaviour like this. Nobody should be afraid of being assaulted at work, especially in such a disgusting manner.
“The custodial sentence handed to Creasy shows just how seriously the courts take this sort of offending – and it should send a clear message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated on the railway.”