Squirt with popper earns man suspended jail term

WHILE sitting on a watchhouse bunk Luke Daniel McHugh thought a guard was being aggressive to a cellmate.

So he got up, walked to the cell door and squirted a popper he had from his meal into her eyes.

McHugh, 21, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to assaulting a public officer.

The court heard McHugh had been arrested after he failed to answer phone calls from his parole officer.

He was taken to the watchhouse and placed in a cell. Part of the meal he was given included the popper. When the senior watch-house guard began talking to one of the other people in the cell with McHugh, he thought she was being aggressive and squirted her in the eyes with the popper.

The court heard when he was told he was being charged with assault McHugh said: "I only squirted her with a popper."

Magistrate Andrew Cridland described the offence as an "act of stupidity" on McHugh's part, but as it was just juice there was no risk of the officer contracting a disease.

McHugh was sentenced to three months prison, to be wholly suspended for the next two years.



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