John Nixon, in mitigation, said the defendant had some learning difficulties and needed the support of his family to help him with the Probation Service.
Judge Smith said: "You appear to have a problem with people in authority, you are very close to receiving a prison sentence."
Not bloody close enough, clearly!
"I need some more information about you and I need to see whether or not you can be given a suspended sentence for this offence. I am deferring sentence in your case, I am putting it off until January."
Wouldn't it be terrible if his next victim is a judge?