Police called on drunken grandson
A PENSIONER called police to her Penlan home to remove her drunken grandson.
Police were called to the residential complex in St Clears Place on August 29, where Ross Jones was discovered in an intoxicated state on a sofa.
Prosecuting, Julie Sullivan told Swansea Magistrates' Court his grandmother complained that he kept turning up when he was drunk, which caused problems with her partner.
Officers helped the 27-year-old to his feet, and because of his training as a boxer, handcuffed him and called a paramedic because of his intoxicated state.
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But he became abusive, shouting at the paramedic, in earshot of older residents.
He said: "******* leave me alone you **** who the **** are you?"
He was warned to stop swearing — to which he said: "**** off you are a sly **** you are" — and then arrested for using threatening words and behaviour.
When taken into custody, he "lunged and attempted to butt the officer", said Ms Sullivan, and added: "**** off I will rip your head off next time."
Craig Harding, mitigating, told the court: "He was involved in an argument with his partner and his coping mechanism is to drink quite heavily.
"His recollection is quite limited, but to his credit he does not dispute the facts and put forward a guilty plea.
"He did not wish to upset her (his grandmother) but due to his level of intoxication outstayed his welcome.
"She has been very supportive to him over the years, and he was visibly shocked by the words he used in the presence of paramedics, his grandmother and especially when people were trying to assist."
He added that Jones felt police had been heavy handed, and that he had not intended to butt an officer, but accepts the "lunge forced him to move out of the way".
The court heard how Jones had had a longstanding heroin addiction, but had moved away from Swansea to get away from the abuse and had not used the drug for 18 months.
"Actions like this are completely out of character," added Mr Harding.
"He is looking to get work on building sites, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
"This was a setback."
Jones, of Heol Llwynderi, Merthyr, was given a 12-month community order, with an alcohol activity requirement, and a 12-month supervision order.
He was also told to pay £85 costs.