A violent bully claims he could not have chomped onto a police officer because he did not have his dentures in.
Drug addict Stewart Mallin, 51, was pulled over by police in Southampton when he “behaved thoroughly appallingly” and tried to bite an officer, the Daily Echo reports.
The arrest ended a nine-month spree of offences which included targeting a man with learning difficulties who he beat and robbed.
At Southampton Crown Court on Monday, in response to allegations of biting an officer, Mallin exclaimed from the dock that he had no teeth and or dentures in place at the time.
Prosecution barrister, Sam Barker said Mallin burst into a fit of anger while trying to "effectively extort" money from a man with learning difficulties.
The 51-year-old allegedly told his victim that he would sell his a camera and mobile phone back to him after stealing them from his home in New Milton on the same day.
But when told his victim had no money to give, Mallin reversed his BMW and knocked him to the ground with the door, causing injuries to the back of his head and drove from the "scene at speed".
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On October 22 last year, Mallin stole car keys from a house for "some sort of joy ride" before returning them and the car, seemingly "drunk" later in the day.
The court heard his string of criminal activity lasting from January to October 2020, extended to stealing bank cards, petrol, champagne, meat and a satnav.
Mallin pleaded guilty to charges of theft, making off without payment, burglary and ABH – to which he pleaded guilty.
Defending, Jamie Gammon argued his offending had been driven by drug addiction, and he had been in custody since October and already served the equivalent of an eight-month sentence.
Recorder Mathew Turner jailed him for two years, suspended for 18 months.
He must complete 20 rehabilitation days and is subject to a six-month curfew between 9pm and 7am each day.
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