Man jailed after racially abusing and throwing hot coffee over police staff

Published: 19-02-2021

A 49-year-old man has been sentenced to seven months in prison after he racially abused a Safer Travel officer and assaulted a member of custody staff.

David Mcphail, of no fixed address, was approached by officers outside Snow Hill train station on Wednesday (17/02) when he was seen having a heated argument with station staff, in which he was being abusive and had smashed a glass bottle on the floor nearby.

McPhail was arrested and taken into custody where he continued to assault staff, using racist language towards a Safer Travel officer and later throwing a cup of boiling coffee at a custody assistant, causing scalding to her chest and face.

Following his appearance at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday), Mcphail pleaded guilty to two offences and was sentenced to a total of seven months in prison for assault causing actual bodily harm and racially aggravated intentional harassment/alarm/distress.

Mcphail received consecutive sentences from the court for the two offences due to his flagrant disregard for people and their property.

Inspector Rachel Crump, head of the Safer Travel policing team, said: “We fully welcome the sentence given for a violent and completely unacceptable attack on a police officer and staff member.

“We take the safety of our staff very seriously and we will not tolerate violent behaviour or hate crimes towards officers who are simply just doing their job.”

David Mcphail was sentenced to seven months in prison

David Mcphail was sentenced to seven months in prison