Shoplifting yob that spat in security guard’s face as he was wrestled to floor, ordered to pay £128

Shoplifter Craig Foster deliberately spat at a security guard and boasted about having coronavirus as he was wrestled to the ground outside a supermarket.

The 40-year-old was detained after he walked out of Aldi in  Tunstall with £88.87 worth of meat without paying.

While on the floor he said, ‘I have Covid 19’, and spat in the security officer’s face with the saliva landing on his cheek.

Now Foster has been jailed for 26 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

Prosecutor Alicia Perry said the defendant stole the meat from Aldi on Monday (May 11) and set off the security alarms as he left.

Miss Perry said: “The defendant was apprehended by security officers and members of the public assisted.

“The officer grabbed his arms. He managed to pin the defendant on the floor and waited for the police to arrive. The defendant was still kicking and shouting.

“He grabbed the officer’s jumper and pulled him towards him. He became angry and said, ‘I have got Covid 19’. The officer saw him fill his mouth up with saliva and the defendant spat at him. It landed on his cheek.

“He felt the spit was deliberate as the defendant looked at him as he did it.”

The other officer intervened and, as he lost grip of the defendant’s legs, he was kicked in the stomach.

Months earlier, on January 31, the defendant used threatening behaviour to a member of staff in Wilkos, Hanley, and a shop theft at Boots on February 4.

Miss Perry said the Wilkos staff member put out a security announcement when the defendant entered the Stafford Street store. He said, ‘I am going to kick you in the head in a minute. I will poke your eyes out in a minute’.

“She was fairly shook up. She was worried about what he would do.”

The Boots theft involved the defendant stealing £18 worth of skin care items.

Foster, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour, two offences of shop theft and two offences of assault.

Iain Haley, mitigating, said the defendant was homeless when he was released from prison on January 30 and felt he was being singled out when he entered Wilkos the next day.

He said Foster was ‘roughly pushed to the ground’ by the Aldi staff.

He added: “He was trying to explain he had abscesses on his legs. A member of staff pushed his face into the tarmac. He has a black eye.”

“Those who are involved in security work need to know if they are assaulted in this way the court will impose sentences of immediate custody at the top of its powers.”

Foster was ordered to pay a £128 surcharge.

Source – Stoke Sentinel

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