Sunderland man kicked and spat at police officers trying to take him to hospital

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A MAN attacked police officers who were trying to take him to hospital.

Scott Wilson, from Sunderland, spat at one cop and kicked the other, a court heard.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that police were called out to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where Wilson had been held under the Mental Health Act, on December 7 last year.

Sentencing was adjourned until so the 23-year-old could work with the Probation Service.

Mr Anderson added: “He said he had taken some drugs and some alcohol and was taken to the hospital.

“He was described as being extremely aggressive. He spat in the officer’s face and kicked the other officer.

“He said he had taken a large quantity of diazepam and some alcohol and his recollection of the offences was vague, to say the best.

“He could not say he had committed the offences, but he did plead guilty.”

In a statement read out to the court, PC Furness said: “It is absolutely disgusting that a person being taken to hospital assaulted myself and PC Richy.”

Jason Smith, defending, said Wilson had complied with orders the court made in December 2012, which included saving up £200 compensation.

He had also been serving a suspended sentence for robbery.

District Judge Roger Elsey said: “A psychiatrist’s report shows you had significant mental health needs at the time of offence, but there have been significant improvements in your health and your behaviour since then.

“You clearly have co-operated with your suspended sentence and you have done what is required by the Probation Service.”

Wilson, of Palmerston Road, was ordered to pay £100 to each police officer.

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