Man says sorry after shopping centre outburst

AN EASTBOURNE man who swore in the middle of the Arndale Centre has appeared in court.

Eastbourne magistrates heard that Jason Dobson was spotted by an off duty police officer using bad language and drinking from a bottle of Cognac.

Despite being asked by the off duty police officer to stop, the 25-year-old continued and became abusive so the officer asked for assistance from security in the shopping centre and police officers who attended shortly afterwards.

The defendant was handcuffed and was taken to the floor. The court heard the Salvador Close resident banged his head which caused him to become more annoyed and abusive.

He pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Representing himself, Dobson disputed drinking from the bottle of brandy and said it was unopened but admitted that he was probably being loud and was drunk.

He added, “My face was smashed into the floor and I had blood coming out of me, the custody sergeant wouldn’t accept me and said I had to go to hospital.”

He told magistrates a lot of the abusiveness happened after he was taken to the floor and said he had been out celebrating a friend’s birthday but didn’t often go out drinking any more. He added, “I’m disgusted with myself, I’ve got nephews and nieces and if someone was like that around them I would be disappointed.

“I’m sorry about my behaviour, I’m going to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Dobson was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £85 court costs.