August 2019

Sex offender took off his shirt before hurling racist abuse and telling police he has AIDs

A sex offender who took off his shirt before unleashing a vile stream of racist abuse after being kicked out of a nightclub has narrowly avoided jail.

Martin Biggins was drinking in Switch Bar, in Scotswood Road, Newcastle, on March 24, when he was asked to leave.

North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard how the 28-year-old became involved in an altercation with a bouncer, who he claimed reminded him of his mixed race ex.

Sue Baker, prosecuting, said: “He has taken his shirt off, seemingly as a precursor to a fight.

“He told the injured party to join him. He then shouted towards him ‘p*** c***’.”

The court was told Biggins then walked into Scotswood Road before hurling more racist abuse as police arrived.

He threatened to spit at one officer and told them he has AIDs.

Since 2006 Biggins has been arrested more than 50 times and has failed to make any payments on his outstanding court fines since 2017.

The court heard Biggins, of Durham Road, Durham, blamed his behaviour on mixing prescription drugs with alcohol.

 Sophie Allinson, defending, said: “He found (the break up) extremely difficult to cope with.

“He got very drunk – he was very angry.

“He said he didn’t want to be deliberately racist.”

Magistrates heard how, in February, he appeared in court after headbutting an ambulance after another boozy night out ended badly.

The hearing heard Biggins was a registered sex offender due to a 2013 indecent exposure conviction and that he was worried he would be targeted if he was jailed due to his sexuality.

Ms Allinson added: “He’s not appreciated that when the packaging says don’t drink….then clearly you shouldn’t drink.”

But she insisted: “He has managed to turn a corner.”

The Durham Road defendant admitted common assault of an emergency worker and racially aggravated intentional harassment.

He was given a four-month curfew running from 7pm to 7am.