Court do not take resisting arrest lightly, and it turns out they don’t tolerate malicious flatulence either.
A man who farted in a police officer’s face has been jailed for almost three years.
Matthew Hapgood, 41, blew a raspberry at the copper after he was nicked for shoplifting.
He had made off with £33-worth of beer and cider from Tesco and vape products from a garage.
When police arrested Hapgood he ‘broke wind in the officer’s face during the course of that arrest’ on March 21, a court heard.
Hapgood pleaded guilty to robbery, shoplifting, possession of a bladed article and criminal damage at Oxford Crown Court.
Judge Ian Pringle QC jailed him for 34 months on Friday.
He said: ‘You have a lengthy history, no less than 31 previous convictions for 83 offenses.
‘All really to do with a drug or alcohol addiction which has been with you for most of your adult life.’
Ronan McCann, mitigating, said his client’s problems were linked to a ‘long term addiction in relation to substances’.