A DRUNK tried to steal ladders from a Christmas market before spitting and biting police officers, a court heard.
Stephen Sanderson, of Somerville Crescent in Ellesmere Port, walked onto the construction site of Chester’s festive market on Northgate Street and stole a pair of ladders.
And when he was caught, the 33-year-old spat in a police officer’s face and bit another’s thumb.
On Thursday last week Sanderson was jailed for six months during a hearing at Chester Magistrates Court.
Sanderson, who failed to attend the hearing, has previous convictions for being drunk and disorderly, theft and affray.
At around 7.30pm on November 17, last year, Sanderson walked past workmen constructing the Christmas market outside the town hall and tried to steal a pair of £100 ladders.
When arrested and taken to the Town Hall police station Sanderson, who was initially calm, became abusive and aggressive to the police officers, spitting in one’s eye and biting the other’s thumb while he was trying to adjust the handcuffs.
Prosecuting, Marie Haydon said: “The defendant was seen by workmen taking the ladder and when he was asked what he was doing he said he was just borrowing them.”
A warrant was issued for Sanderson’s arrest after he failed to appear at the trial, which proceeded in his absence, for one charge of theft and two counts of assaulting a police officer.
Jailing him for six months, District Judge Nicholas Sanders, said: “Assaulting a police officer in their line of duty is a serious offence and I have no choice but to proceed to a custodial sentence in this matter.”