A disgusting criminal who has been in court 60 times tried to spit at officers after his latest arrest.
Kevin Kenny had to have a spit hood put over his head after being held for trying to headbutt an officer.
But he walked free from court after the county’s most senior judge deferred sentence on his latest bout of offences.
He was caught with drugs in his home town of Ilkeston and then lashed out and tried to headbutt a police officer who had arrested him.
The 47-year-old, who has 189 offences to his name, was supposed to be sentenced last month.
But on that afternoon he appeared to be either drunk or under the influence of drugs in the dock and so it was adjourned.
Now he has six months to keep away from trouble or risk another jail sentence.
Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “On the last occasion you appeared before me, it appeared to others your challenging behaviour might have been you being in drink.
“You have six months from today to behave and stay out of trouble.
“If you offend before then you will be back before me and I am afraid it will be a custodial sentence of some length.
“Anyone assaulting an emergency worker doing their job can expect a custodial sentence.
“Your fate is in your own hands.”
Stephen Kemp, prosecuting, said the offences took place on August 20 last year.
He said the defendant, of Stratford Street, was stopped by the police in Chalons Way at around 6.30pm.
Mr Kemp said the police told the defendant they were going to search him and when they did officers discovered eight wraps of heroin and one wrap of crack cocaine.
He said: “When Mr Kenny was taken into custody after he was arrested he was placed in the back of the police vehicle and he spat on the floor of the van.
“When he got to the police station he was initially compliant until the handcuffs were removed and he began to be aggressive towards officers.
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“A spit hood had to be placed over his head and, as it was, he stamped on a police officer.”
Mr Kemp said the hood was removed when the defendant was placed in his cell.
He said as it was removed, he spat towards one of the officers and attempted to headbutt him..
Kenny gave a “no comment” interview but later pleaded guilty to charges of possession of heroin and crack cocaine, assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage.
Mr Kemp said the defendant’s offending began in 1987 and his last offence saw him jailed for 16 weeks for 11 counts of shoplifting.
Christopher Brewin, mitigating, said a report prepared by the probation service showed his client has been engaging well since being released from his prison term and that his good behaviour could be rewarded by no non-custodial term for these offences.
He added: “His speech is often slurred as he is on a high dose of methadone.”