A LIFE-long Liverpool fan, from Shirley, spat in the face of a police officer because ‘he was upset about the Hillsborough Disaster report,’ a court heard.
Nigel Walker, of Pailton Road, spat ‘directly into the face of PC James Griffiths’ as he attempted to stop the 39-year-old hurting himself in Solihull Police Station’s cells, said prosecutor Malcolm Stoddard.
The yob then told the officer he suffered from a contagious blood disease and the policeman was forced to seek hospital treatment.
Walker also admitted damaging the upholstery of a police car, and the cell when he appeared at Solihull Magistrates Court on September 27, as well as failing to leave a pub, while drunk and asked to by a police officer.
Mr Stoddard said: “The allegations tell a story.
“Mr Walker had been drinking all day at the Plume of Feathers. He had been abusive to both customers and staff.
“When the police arrived he become abusive to them, blaming the West Midlands Police for the Hillsborough Disaster.”
The court heard that Walker was arrested but as he was put in the back of the police car, he began to spit.
“His behaviour didn’t improve at the police station,” Mr Stoddard added.
“He continued to spit on the floor and was banging his head and leg on the walls and bars and so the decision was taken to restrain the defendant so he didn’t hurt himself.”
Sanjit Sanghara, defending, said that ardent Reds supporter Walker had been upset about the Hillsborough Disaster report but ‘accepts that he drank a lot of alcohol on that day.’
Walker, who has a previous conviction for being drunk and disorderly, was granted unconditional bail to appear back at Solihull Magistrates for sentencing on October 19.