Drunk Mandurah man who spat at police officer called “revolting” by magistrate

A DRUNK man who spat on a police officer was fined $1800 in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday

Phillip Lesley Kitchen pleaded guilty to assaulting a public officer and disorderly behaviour in police lockup.

Police prosecutor Constable Sean Discombe said Kitchen was arrested on September 26 and taken to police lock up.

Const Discombe said Kitchen punched the glass surrounding the lock-up causing it to break and then spun around in the glass on the floor.

The police prosecutor said Kitchen was asked to stop but continued to swear at them.

Police took Kitchen to Peel Health Campus after the incident.

When Kitchen was in a hospital bed awaiting results, he spat at Constable Hutton which landed on his jacket arm.

Duty lawyer Clare Hay said Kitchen had no recollection of the incident and was intoxicated at the time.

Ms Hay said Kitchen was disgusted with himself for spitting and accepted his behaviour was unacceptable.

She said Kitchen had an issue with methamphetamine years ago and lost everything including his fly in/fly out job and family.

“He (Kitchen) has more than $12,000 owing the court,” Magistrate Anne Longden said.

Ms Hay said Kitchen is a father and was starting employment in Kalgoorlie so he’d be able to pay his fines.

Magistrate Longden said he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, accepted he acted appalling and had employment prospects.

“The police had to deal with revolting behaviour from you,” she said.

Magistrate Longden fined him $1800.

“You’re racking up the bill at the moment,” she said.