A Londoner drove 240 miles from Croydon to Hull to breach the restraining order taken out against him by his ex - then spat in the face of the police officer who charged him with the offence.

Adam Swift, 32, of Ruskin Road in Croydon, had met his former partner, who lives in Willerby, through social media in 2017.

Hull Crown Court heard on Wednesday that she had taken out a restraining order against him after he was violent with her in April 2018.

A further restraining order was taken out a year later after Swift continued to contact her and assaulted her again in November 2018.

Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, said Swift continued to try and contact his ex by phone over New Year and in January of this year, including using a phone number she did not recognise.

He contacted her again on February 2, the court heard, saying he was going to travel to Hull to see her, which left her "on edge" waiting for him and even fearing she might have a panic attack worrying about what he might do.

When Swift arrived she allowed him entry into the property "fearing what would happen if she refused", Ms Hollis said.

Shortly afterwards, he handed himself over to police, explaining that he had breached the restraining order, and he was arrested.

But the court heard that, soon after being transferred to Clough Road police station, Swift became "agitated and aggressive" and officers deemed that it would not be safe to conduct an interview.

Ms Hollis said an officer visited Swift in his cell at 9am on February 3 to charge him but did not enter the cell because of Swift's "ongoing aggression".

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Swift shouted at him to "f*** off" and spat at him through the open shutter in the cell door, with spittle landing on the officer's beard, neck and clothing.

The court was told Swift has previous for spitting at police after he spat at an officer and kicked them in the leg as they responded to an incident last year in which he had hit his former girlfriend's head against a pub wall.

He has 14 prior convictions for 22 offences in total, the court heard.

And his latest offence was committed while still on conditional discharge, which he was handed in October last year for stealing hundreds of pounds worth of perfume from Boots.

Richard Thompson, mitigating, said he had already been in custody for the four months since he was arrested in February and pointed out that there had been no violence or threats of violence against the victim on the latest visit.

He also encouraged the judge to give credit to Swift for handing himself into police and said he understood the impact of his behaviour and apologised for spitting at the police officer.

The court heard that Swift had been suffering with a mental health crisis at the time.

Speaking via video link from HMP Hull, Swift apologised personally and said he "did not mean" to spit at the officer and said he had an "overactive gland" in his mouth and had not been able to take his medication for it.

He said he had turned himself over to police because he was "paranoid" about what he was getting involved in.

Hull Crown Court
Hull Crown Court

Sentencing Swift, Judge David Tremberg said: "You have an unattractive record of previous convictions including burglary, assaults on police and emergency workers, domestic violence and you have breached restraining orders in the past."

He said so far "nothing had curbed" his pattern of offending.

"I have no confidence whatsoever that you would engage positively with any community-based disposal," he added.

"I bear in mind that you had a difficult upbringing and have serious mental health problems, exacerbated by drug use in the community."

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He added that Swift was now free of non-prescribed medication and had no desire to contact his ex again.

"When you have control of your drug problems you are capable of living a crime-free life," he said.

He sentenced Swift to 10 months in prison for the breach of the restraining order, to be served with four months consecutively for the assault on the police officer and an additional month for the breach of the conditional discharge, to a total of 15 months.