A SCARBOROUGH man who lashed out at police in two town centre fracas has been jailed for flouting a community order – because he was worried about cleanliness.
Luke Harrowsmith, of Gladstone Road, was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail after failing to complete a 250-hour unpaid work sentence.
Harrowsmith said he couldn’t carry out the work due to worries over the environment he would work in, which could have conflicted with his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder condition.
Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard Harrowsmith, 26, was handed the community penalty after an incident at Opera House Casino, in St Thomas Street, last year.
The court heard Harrowsmith had been told to leave the establishment by management, whereupon he became aggressive with staff and police.
Prosecuting, Martin Butterworth said Harrowsmith then started to throw punches and when taken to the police station kicked out twice at an officer.
He was also found to have a lock knife when searched.
Harrowsmith, a factory worker for a company selling goods online, reappeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday to plead to guilty to a separate offence of being drunk and disorderly.
Mr Butterworth said Harrowsmith had gone into Tesco, in Westwood, at 4.30am in April, where he had become aggressive when police arrived.
He said: “He had asked by officers to be called and was slurring his words.
“He began asking officers ‘what gives you the right to talk to me?’
“He was warned but continued and was arrested.”
Mitigating, Richard North said Harrowsmith had actually become upset at a receipt for his goods in Tesco, which triggered the situation.
He said: “He took exception to an error on a till receipt on goods that he bought.
“He admits that he had a drink before, which included lager and a large amount of whiskey.
“He has had some help from the Cambridge Centre in the past but had no fresh assistance with his drink problem.”
Mr North said Harrowsmith suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which meant he was anxious about carrying out his community work.
He added: “He was worried about the cleanliness and the reason he is able to cope with that at the moment is that he is used to the state of cleanliness of the people he is working with.
“He would ask to be given one last opportunity to get to grips with the condition he suffers from.
“I urge you to give him one final chance.”
However, despite Mr North’s pleas, magistrates handed Harrowsmith the 18 week jail-term.
They rescinded the previous community order, sentencing him to 12 weeks custody for possession of the lock knife.
He was given two three week sentences for the assaults, which will run consecutively and another three weeks for the criminal damage.
They issued no extra penalty for the drunk and disorderly charge.