A TEENAGER was given a ‘salutary lesson’ after landing himself in court for verbally abusing a community warden.
Robbie Gilmore, of Oakwood, Hebburn, gave a V-sign at the worker as he was driving along Station Road in Hebburn.
When the warden stopped and approached him, the 18-year-old initially apologised but, when pressed to give his name, he swore at him.
He was later arrested and entered a guilty plea to the charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words to cause harrasment, alarm or distress at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “At 8pm on Monday, January 27, the community warden was travelling in a car along Station Road in Hebburn when the defendant gave him a V-sign.
“He stopped and asked Gilmore what it was all about.
“He said sorry but was then asked for his name. He said it was Bil and then shouted abuse at him. He continued to shout abuse and was subsequently arrested for the matter. He fully admitted making the remarks.
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He has no prior convictions at all.
“He is a young man deeply ashamed of being in court.
“He is sorry. Those are the first words he said at the time.
“He was asked his name and said Bill. He was then pursued and, perhaps having had a couple of drinks, uttered some words as he was upset at being followed.
“He is sorry and has pleaded guilty at court.
“I hope it has been a salutary lesson to him to treat those with a uniform with greater deference and to err on the side of caution and give your details.”
Gilmore was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.
Peter Connor, chairman of the magistrates, said: “It was a daft act and has cost you a lot of time. You will have a conditional discharge hanging over you now.”