Man spat in face of police during row

By by Court Reporter newsdesk@iomtoday.co.im Twitter: @iomnewspaper in Crime

A 36-year-old man from Castletown has been convicted of being drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest after spitting at police.

Michael John Kewley, of Northcroft Apartments, pleaded guilty to the charges and will be sentenced on March 21.

Prosecutor Marcus Benson told the court how, on December 23 at 11pm, police responded to a ’999’ call from a man saying he had been assaulted by staff at the British Hotel on North Quay in Douglas.

When police arrived the found Kewley outside. He was said to be highly intoxicated, slurring his words.

While officers were speaking to staff at the pub Kewley became verbally abusive to both the police and pub staff.

He was subsequently arrested and taken to a police van but refused to get in.

Kewley began thrashing his legs around, pushing against the van and swearing at police.

Pava spray was used but this still did not stop him. During a five-minute struggle Kewley spat in the face of one police officer.

Defence advocate Dawn Jones asked for an adjournment to allow time for the preparation of a probation report with input from the mental health department.

Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes agreed that a report would be beneficial before sentencing.

Bail was granted.