A HOMELESS man has appeared in court for using threatening or abusive words or behaviour in Hereford.

Aaron Newton used threatening or abusive words or behaviour which was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress on January 7, according to prosecutor Owen Beale.

41-year-old Newton was given a conditional discharge for the incident after he pleaded guilty before Hereford magistrates on February 21.

Newton's conditional discharge will last for six months.


This means that he has not been sentenced, and will not be if no further offences are committed within six months.

When defendants re-offend during the period of a conditional discharge, they are sentenced for the original offence as well as the new offence.

Newton is also currently subject to a suspended sentence of imprisonment which was imposed in October last year, after he was convicted of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and criminal damage.

Newton was said to have no fixed abode.