A DRUNK man swore at police because he was angered at being accused of stealing a phone from the River Avon, a court has heard.
Patrick Liston, of Princess Road in Evesham, admitted he was merry but not paraletic when he committed the offence in Workman Gardens on August 7.
Officers were on foot patrol in the town when they received numerous calls from members of public to say there was excess drinking taking place in the Waterside site.
Last Friday (August 22) Worcester Magistrates Court heard how the 44-year-old had been fishing when someone dropped their phone in the river, before he tried to retrieve it.
The court was also told how Liston was then accused of stealing the device, and when officers attended he was repeatedly verbally abusive to them.
Police followed the defendant from the area, whose eyes were glazed and speech was slurred, before they eventually arrested him for being drunk and disorderly.
Liston, defending himself, said: “I would like to apologise for what I did that day.
“We were fishing and someone dropped their phone in the river then he accused me of stealing it when I tried to retrieve it, and that got me angered.
“When I was on my way home the officer spoke to me and was going to give me a caution but at the time I was of no fixed abode so he arrested me.”
Liston was fined £75 for the offence, ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.