Bluewater fight: 'Police could have been rougher with me
Police could have been a lot rougher with a man who spat at them
when he was arrested at a boxing tournament.
Michael Graham Donovan, 29, of Salisbury Road, Gravesend
admitted he deserved to be arrested when he lost his temper on the
phone after leaving the tournament at The Glow, Bluewater's new
He told the officer who charged him with common assault and
public order offences: "Your officers did what they had to do.
"I deserved to be arrested for what I done - simple.
"They could have been a lot rougher with me."
He was ordered to pay £50 compensation to one of the officers he
spat at, was given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for a year,
and was ordered to pay £165 court costs.
Donovan owes over £3,000 to the courts, but was trying to fiught
a drink problem.
Michael Wenban, the court chairman, said: "Don't let the court
down. Don't let your partner down - and don't let your child
"If you fail, bring your toothbrush with you the next time you
come to court."