Charity worker jailed after wetting himself

A VOLUNTEER from a charity store in Weston has been sentenced to four months in prison after he assaulted a police officer while drunk and wet himself in the shop. Derek Caiger, aged 57, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, using abusive words a

A VOLUNTEER from a charity store in Weston has been sentenced to four months in prison after he assaulted a police officer while drunk and wet himself in the shop.Derek Caiger, aged 57, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, using abusive words and behaviour and failing to surrender to custody when he appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges.At an earlier hearing the court heard how staff at the Scope charity shop in Meadow Street called the police on January 10 because Caiger, of Locking Road, Weston, was drunk and causing a nuisance.Huw Rogers, prosecuting, said: "Officers attended and found a man on the floor with his trousers around his ankles. He had urinated on himself."When asked to leave the shop he swore at the police. After about 10 minutes they managed to get him outside. He then became abusive and many shoppers were alarmed by his behaviour. "The defendant slapped one of the officers on the arm. He was warned not to do it. Then he hit the policeman on the right cheek."Caiger, who used to be a chef, volunteers at Scope once a week. Judith Mills, defending, said: "Mr Caiger is thoroughly ashamed about what he's done. He has little recollection of his behaviour and what he said. "He has a problem with alcohol, and it's something he's been struggling with for the majority of his life."Mrs Mills said Caiger, who has children and grandchildren, had been attending drop-in sessions to try to overcome his problem and sort himself out.Magistrates sentenced Caiger to four months imprisonment for assaulting a police officer.He was also sentenced to 14 days in prison, to run concurrently, for two counts of failing to surrender to custody.


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