A man has been jailed for urinating on a war memorial and calling a police officer a ‘whore’ after spitting in her face. Alcoholic Mark Smith, 58, was branded a ‘social menace’ as he was jailed for urinating in St Peter’s Square, Manchester. He abused members of the public who tried to stop him then called police at the scene ‘fat pigs’. The next morning, after spending the night in the cells, Smith spat on a female detention officer and said: ‘I told you I’d get you, you f*g whore.’ Smith, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, was drunk and high when he committed the crime on January 16 last year, Minshull Street Crown Court was told.
Judge John Potter told him: ‘This was disgusting and deeply disrespectful behaviour likely to cause offence to the public, not just because your genitals were exposed with a view to urinating, but that you decided to do this on a monument which commemorates the tragedy of loss of life in warfare.’ Later in the year, on September 27, police were called out to Smith for a second time, during which he hurled racist abuse at officers. Workers were called to repair a leak in Smith’s flat which was affecting the residents below but he refused to let them in and threw missiles out of his 15th floor window towards them. Police were called and entered a five-hour standoff before finally forcing Smith’s door open at 11pm. He had barricaded himself behind a sofa, and was throwing furniture at the officers. One said Smith spat at them four times and as he was removed from the flat, called one officer a ‘P**i bastard’ and an ‘Asian toe rag’, the court was told. Smith had already appeard in court in July last year for other offences – including assaults on police and a nightclub doorman – where he was sentenced to an 18 month community order and an alcohol treatment program.
Defending, Michael Goldwater said that Smith had stayed out of trouble between 2001 and 2018 and had ‘lived peacefully’. He had a drink problem earlier in his life, but was told that cannabis would help in treating symptoms of epilepsy which he encountered. But Mr Goldwater said the use of cannabis then turned him back to drink. He said Smith’s crime spree in 2018 and 2019 represented a ‘catastrophic failure’ on the defendant’s part to manage his drink and drug problem. Jailing him for two years this week, judge Potter told Smith he was ‘nothing more than a social menace’. ‘Your difficulties will not be ended unless and until you decide to take personal responsibility for them.’ Smith, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and a racially aggravated public order offence.