A man who spat in the face of a British Transport Police officer – then skipped court twice when he was due for sentencing – has been handed a suspended prison sentence.
Jamie Glover spat at an officer while he was being arrested outside York station in October this year.
The offence was captured on a body-worn camera (scroll down).
Footage showed Glover in handcuffs being led to a police van after he ignored repeated warnings about his drunk behaviour on a train.
Without warning, he then turned to a British Transport Police officer and spat, covering the officer’s neck, face and eye.
Glover, 31, pleaded guilty to the act and was due to be sentenced days later at York Magistrates’ Court.
However, Glover failed to appear in court when required to do so.
He was tracked down and brought before the courts again. Magistrates once again set a new date for sentencing and ruled to release Glover on bail.
Glover failed to turn up for court without any reasonable explanation or excuse..
BTP Officers tracked him down a second time, and he was sentenced at Leeds Magistrates on Tuesday 5 November.
He received a 12-week suspended sentence.
Glover, of Wyvern Close in Batley, was also handed 100 hours of community service and order to pay £150 in fines.
BTP sergeant James Finch said:
“It’s disappointing that despite failing to appear at court twice, Glover isn’t facing any time behind bars.
“Nevertheless, we welcome the fact he has finally faced justice – this will, of course, be welcome news to the officer who was assaulted.
“Glover’s treatment of one of my officers was quite frankly disgusting.
“We’ll always take any assaults on our officers very seriously, and offenders like Glover will always be brought before the courts for judgement.”
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