A JUDGE handed down a suspended sentence to an Ards peninsula man and warned him: "If you want to be a complete pain in the neck, particularly towards police, be my guest".
District Judge Mark Hamill was speaking at Newtownards Magistrates Court to Kieran Gerard Denvir (48).
The judge also told the defendant: "You spit on a police officer again you should be taken to the Crown Court and let the judge throw the book at you".
Denvir - with addresses on different charge sheets as Rubane Road, Kircubbin, and High Street, Ballyhalbert - appeared at court via video link from Maghaberry Prison.
The defendant admitted being disorderly at Donegall Place in Belfast in January this year when he was intoxicated and lying on the street. He swore at police.
He was also disorderly at Botanic Avenue in the city in March this year when he swore at police and called them "scumbags".
When arrested he told an officer: "You're happy now".
In June this year he made a threat to damage a car and house.
In August this year Denvir was drunk in Kircubbin and he shouted "sectarian abuse"; was disorderly and damaged flowers and a metal stand.
When arrested he spat at two police officers in a vehicle, hitting their clothing and hands, and also urinated in the vehicle.
A defence lawyer said the defendant had spent the equivalent of a three months sentence on remand.
He said Denvir had been off alcohol and then "went straight off the rails again".
Handing down an eight months jail term, suspended for three years, Judge Hamill said verbal abuse was one thing "but spitting at officers at any time, particularly in the course of a pandemic," could not be tolerated.