Man spat at officer who caught him stealing

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A DRUNK who spat at a police man after he was arrested for stealing has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Jason Fagan was caught taking a tripod, worth £60, from the London Camera Exchange at the Cascades shopping centre, in Portsmouth, on August 7.

PC Timothy Rolfe arrested the 33-year-old but Fagan, who was drunk, spat at the officer.

At the time of the offences Fagan was the subject of a conditional discharge, handed to him by magistrates just six days earlier for shoplifting.

On that occasion he stole a packet of biscuits and a large bag of crisps, worth £1.98 from the 99p Store in London Road, North End.

Fagan, of Botley Drive, Havant, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police constable in the execution of his duty and theft when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

He also admitted breaching his conditional discharge.

He was given 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year and ordered to have 12 months of drug rehabilitation.

Fagan was also told to pay £100 in compensation to PC Rolfe.