Suicidal man spat at police officer trying to rescue him

A SUICIDAL man who spat at a police officer has been ordered to pay compensation.

Adam Ellwood, of Jevington Gardens, was drunk and at the top of scaffolding, threatening to jump or hang himself.

Eastbourne magistrates heard that officers spent around three-and-a-half hours trying to talk him down and when he was eventually brought to safety he spat at one of the officers in the face.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty at an earlier hearing and sentencing was deferred for six months to see how his behaviour had been during that period.

On Wednesday, February 9, Eastbourne magistrates were told the defendant had believed he would not be arrested when he came down from scaffolding but he had later been handcuffed.

They were told since the incident he had gone on to engage with services to get the help he needed.

Diane May, defending, said, “He has somewhere to live and is taking on board the support that’s available.

“He has no income because he was unable to attend a medical assessment.

“He is not receiving the benefits he should be receiving. He does appear to have the support from very good friends who have helped him through this.”

Addressing magistrates, Ellwood told them he had turned his life around and said he had spat because he had a lot of dust in his mouth and had not seen the officer there.

Magistrates gave Ellwood a six-month conditional discharge and he was ordered to pay the officer £25 compensation.

No order for costs was made.