B&M shoplifter ‘spattered’ security room with own blood and claimed he had Covid

A shoplifter who had been banned from all B&M stores splattered a security room with his own blood, claiming he had Covid-19 and HIV.

Desmond Grainger, 39, was stopped outside the B&M store in Birmingham city centre after walking out with £141 worth of items without paying.

The notorious man was detained by security guards under 'citizens arrest' but then flew into a rage.

He started biting his own arm before spitting his flesh and blood all over the floor, walls and ceiling of one of the store's back rooms. Further security staff were called to help calm him down which led to him racially abusing one of them.

Grainger was arrested and later pleaded guilty to charges of theft, affray, criminal damage and racially aggravated intentional harassment.

At Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday, April 20, he was sentenced to 11 months in prison. He was also made the subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from a certain part of the city for three years.

Despite being banned from B&M outlets in February last year, Grainger returned on June 6. CCTV captured him leaving around 4pm having made no attempt to pay for two DVD players, six pairs of headphones and a charger.

He was detained and escorted to a back room where he tried to persuade guards that there was 'no need for police'.

Prosecutor Robert Tolhurst stated Grainger then 'became more aggressive' and 'turned his anger' to one particular security staff member who he racially abused and warned 'I'll bite my arm, I've got Covid, I've got the virus'.

Gruesome CCTV footage of the scenes was played to the court.

Mr Tolhurst said: "The defendant bit at his forearm causing it to bleed. He spat blood onto the floor saying 'what you going to do?'. He was telling the security guard he had HIV. He threw his arms around splattering blood over the floor and walls."

The room cost more than £500 for B&M to have cleaned afterwards.

The prosecutor summarised the impact of the incident on the security staff, one of whom admitted to feeling 'nervous, scared and apprehensive' about coming into contact with the defendant's blood in light of his health claims.

Grainger is currently locked up at HMP Birmingham serving a 20-month sentence for committing a similar vein of offences a month later.

Theresa Hunt, defending, stated in an 'ideal world' he would have been dealt with for both sets offences together.

She said: "He is deeply remorseful for his disgraceful actions. He wished to offer his deepest apologies to the security officers and acknowledges wholeheartedly his disgusting piece of behaviour.

"He has a number of mental health vulnerabilities including a reaction to severe stress. "

Ms Hunt added that Grainger suffered post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a 'deeply troubled childhood' and said his issues had been exacerbated by alcohol dependence.

Recorder Thomas ruled he could not suspend his prison sentence stating there was 'no good prospect of rehabilitation at this time'.

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