A 27-year-old man who spat in the face of a police officer has been convicted of assault at Calderdale Magistrates Court.
Tony Reynolds of Surrey Street, Halifax, admitted verbally abusing and spitting in the face of Sgt Daniel Watson in November last year.
Reynolds became agitated and committed the assault when he was arrested at his home for a charge that was later found to be a false allegation.
Prosecutor Lisa Beadle told the court that Reynolds had 41 previous convictions, including eight assaults, on his record.
Chair of Magistrates John Bassinder told Reynolds: “The actual assault of spitting is taken extremely seriously by the courts. Spitting is particularly distressing for victims - it’s a very nasty form of assault.”
Reynolds said: “I’ve messed up, I know I’ve messed and I’m really sorry.”
Mr Bassinder handed Reynolds a 12-month community order and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the victim and £210 in costs.