Nathan Boughton was at the Lidl store in Eastern Road in Brighton on June 25 when staff spotted him attempting to leave without paying for meat.
When challenged, he grabbed the fire extinguisher before the police were called.
During chaotic scenes in front of other shoppers, two police officers arrived, but along with two store detectives they were unable to subdue him.
The officers tried to use spray against him, but ended up nearly blinding themselves, while 31-year-old Boughton grabbed a baton off one of them.
It’s a pity there’s no CCTV. I’d love to see what sort of police they sent. But I suspect I already know.
It was only when they threatened to Taser him that he gave up.
Don’t threaten. Just pull the trigger!
Rio Pahlavanpour, prosecuting, said the incident was “chaotic” and said Boughton had 17 previous convictions for 31 offences.
Naturally! They always do. After all, when the soft ‘justice system’ lets you off for the first five or so, I guess you get the idea you’re invincible…
Oliver Mackrell, defending, said his client had tried to turn his life around since leaving prison in November last year.
“His recollection of the incident is vague.
“He didn’t intend to hurt anyone, but clearly things escalated out of control,” Mr Mackrell said.
Magistrates considered his situation and decided to impose a prison sentence of 11 months, suspended for the next two years.
It means if Boughton commits another crime and appears in court, he is likely to be sent to prison.
*laughs hysterically* It’s the way you tell ’em, magistrates!