Man who posted human poo to police officer spared jail following bizarre revenge plot

A man who posted human poo to a police officer in a bizarre revenge plot has been spared jail.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 8:25 pm
David Morton picture outside Newcastle Crown Court. Picture by North News.

David Morton sent a parcel to Northumbria Police headquarters containing an abusive letter and human excrement marked for PC Ramsey.

The 27-year-old has been arrested weeks before by PC Ramsey for spitting at two other parking control officers when they had reprimanded him for parkinghis moped illegally.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the package was sent on May 24 - following a campaign of abusive emails and reports sent through the force’s website.

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Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court that Morton had parked his moped on the pavement outside McDonalds on Grainger Street in Newcastle city centre on April 24.

Morton stepped out of the fast food chain and saw a fixed penalty notice placed on the handlebars by a male parking control officer, at which point Mortonshouted at him: "Dirty pig eater and Anglican worshipper".

The next day two female civil enforcement officers saw the moped parked illegally on Nun Street in the city centre. One of the officers had known his earlier response and asked her colleague to deal with Morton.

Having received a ticket and swearing at the officer, Morton got on his vehicle and drove off before returning and spitting at one of the officers, where it landed on her trousers. He returned again and spat in the other woman’s face.

The court heard he was arrested four days later on April 29. He made no comment in interview but when he was shown the body can footage of the commonassaults on April 25 he laughed.

Mr Bunch said that following this, Morton sent "a series of abusive emails to Northumbria Police through the ‘tell us something’ function on their website which were specifically aimed at PC Ramsey – who was one of two arresting officers.

Mr Bunch said the reports made to Northumbria Police included: "Wish PC Ramsey would die of cancer," hoping bad things would happen to his children aswell as making references to the Manchester and London terror attacks.

Mr Bunch said matters culminated on May 24 when Morton sent a parcel to Northumbria Police "containing an abusive letter and also human faecesmarked for the attention of PC Ramsey."

Mr Bunch added that Morton concealed his identity, using a name which was of an "Islamic background."

Tony Cornberg, defending, said: "There is clearly work to be done with this man.

"He, it seems, felt mistreated and victimised.

"He let himself get wound up about this moped."

Mr Cornberg explained that the force had confiscated the moped and after Morton failed to provide the appropriate documents, it was destroyed. The moped had belonged to his father, who had passed away since.

Mr Cornberg said: "They wanted a letter from him saying that he had left it to him, which was not possible."

Mr Cornberg added that he does not have drug, alcohol or mental health concerns and that it did not involve the use violence or weapons.

Morton, of James Street, Stanley, pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault, religiously aggravated public order offence, sendingprohibited or other articles through the post and sending of malicious communication.

Judge Stephen Earl said: "This is not the case of a young terrorist in the making."

Judge Earl said of his decision to send a letter and faeces: "It simply doesn’t live on the same level of human behaviour, of decent human behaviour".

He added his behaviour was "pathetic" and something you would expect from a child, not a 27-year-old man.

Judge Earl sentence Morton to seven months, suspended for 18 months.

He was also made subject of an electronically monitored curfew and 36 days rehabilitation requirements and a restraining order preventing him fromcontacting PC Ramsey.

Morton was also ordered to pay £200 compensation to the officer whose face he spat in.