A MAN from Ellesmere Port who headbutted a security guard at a train station has been handed a 12-week prison sentence.

David Anthony Swift, 52, of Hyde Close, Great Sutton, had pleaded not guilty to the charges of assault by beating and two counts of criminal damage.

But, having turned up late to Liverpool Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 12 for his trial, magistrates found him guilty in his absence.

The court heard Swift had "recklessly" headbutted a rail security guard at Hooton Railway Station on February 24, breaking that guard's glasses, while being foul-mouthed and aggressive at the train station late at night.

The value of the glasses broken was £288.95.

After being arrested, Swift damaged the British Transport Police van to the value of £183.60.

Magistrates heard Swift "continued his foul behaviour" in the police van by spitting and smearing mucus.

The court also heard the offences were committed while Swift was on a community order which had been imposed following similar offending.

As well as the 12-week prison term, Swift must pay £300 compensation to the station guard.