Nuisance caller John Spare in court again for sending an abusive text
A PEST who was convicted of plaguing police with nuisance and malicious calls has appeared again in court just weeks later for a similar offence.
John Spare, who was given a conditional discharge last month, has now pleaded guilty to sending an indecent and offensive message to a Derby Telegraph reporter.
The 63-year-old sent the message to crime reporter Martin Naylor almost two weeks after the first case was reported in the Derby Telegraph, magistrates heard.
Andrew Oldroyd, for Spare, said his client was not a well man.
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"He is somebody who very much feels he is the victim, that nobody listens to him," said Mr Oldroyd.
In the first case, Spare bombarded the Derbyshire force's non-emergency 101 number with 61 calls between January and October – often becoming irate and on occasion abusive.
In the latest case, prosecutor Alison Wright said: "The message was directed at Mr Naylor. It was exceptionally personal."
In the message, which was sexual and offensive, included the abusive terms four-eyed, filthy, alcoholic, decrepit and demented.
Following the hearing, Mr Naylor said: "I guessed by the tone of the message that it was Mr Spare. At first I laughed it off but the more I thought about it, the more I realised Mr Spare needed help and the best thing I could do was report it."
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court yesterday heard that police went to Spare's home in Ivy Close, Willington, and found the mobile phone from which the text message was sent. He was arrested and interviewed but remained silent.
In court he admitted, under the Malicious Communications Act 1988, to sending the text for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety.
Ms Wright said: "This puts him in breach of an identical-type offence given to him only days beforehand."
Spare will have a mental health assessment and a probation service report prepared before he is sentenced next month.
Magistrates will also consider an application for an anti-social behaviour order to stop him making calls to various organisations.
He has been released on bail and told he must not contact any staff member at the Derby Telegraph or Derbyshire police unless it was "a genuine emergency".