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Man spat on prison officer and assaulted healthcare assistant

He was remanded in custody to appear again in October

A man will be sentenced in October after admitting spitting on a prison officer and assaulting a healthcare assistant.

Homeless twenty-four-year-old Aaron Lee Barnett appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas Courthouse.

Appearing through a video link from the Isle of Man Prison, he pleaded guilty to one count each of assaulting a peace officer, attempting to cause criminal damage, threatening to cause damage and common assault.

Prosecution advocate Barry Swain told the court Barnett was serving a prison sentence in the segregation unit on 27 February when he spat through a door panel into the face of the officer.

The court heard on 21 June he was taken to Manannan Court by police but a psychiatric assessment found he didn't need to be admitted.

He became violent and abusive, butting a health worker as he kicked a metal door and threatened to smash windows.

Barnett asked to be sentenced immediately during the hearing, but Mrs Hughes said she needed more information about his mental health before the case could continue.

He was remanded in custody to appear again on 5 October.

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