Drunken tirade at police in Street after losing job and home
UPSET at losing his job and home on the same day, a man became abusive to the police when they were called to deal with a brawl in Street town centre.
Kevin Leahy was not involved in the fight, but when officers tried to deal with the situation he started shouting "It's f***ing mayhem, why aren't you doing f***ing something?"
He was repeatedly warned to curb his language but when he continued to mouth off he was arrested, Somerset Magistrates were told.
Leahy, aged 40, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress during the incident on September 28.
He also admitted failing to surrender to bail on October 14 when he was brought before Somerset Magistrates in custody.
Emma Chetland, prosecuting, said that the police were dealing with an incident in Street's High Street at 1.45am and speaking to members of the public to see if they had witnessed anything.
"Leahy appeared to be intoxicated and was asked if he had seen anything and then started swearing at them," she said.
"He was told not to speak like that and then he swore at the officer. Other members of the public who were there witnessed his language.
"The defendant was warned he would be arrested if he continued and when the officer tried to speak to other people he shouted abuse again and so he was arrested."
Jeffrey Bannister, defending, said that Leahy had lost his job and subsequently his home and went out drinking.
He said: "There was a brawl in the High Street that was nothing to do with him but he used this language and was arrested.
"He does not have any recollection of the incident and said it was something he had done on the spur of the moment and wants to apologise."
The magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge with a £15 victim surcharge but did not request any costs.