A Judge has warned a 28-year-old Derry man about his behaviour after ordering him to pay £100 in compensation to a police officer he assaulted.
David O’Hagan, of Carnhill in Derry pleaded guilty to assault on police for an incident that took place on December 20, 2016.
On the date in question the police were tasked to Old School Lane on the Racecourse Road.
On arrival, the defendant was stopped and police asked him for his details, which he refused to provide.
A member of the Public Prosecution Service said that O’Hagan became ‘erratic and aggressive’ towards the police officers.
He was asked to calm down and refused to do so.
When the officers attempted to lower him into the seat of a police car he ‘lashed out’ at one of the officers, and was subsequently arrested for assault.
The court heard he immediately apologised for his actions.
Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client was ‘immediately remorseful’ and has since acknowledged that he was ‘very intoxicated’.
He explained that O’Hagan had been making his way to his brother’s house and felt aggrieved when police began questioning him as he had ‘done nothing wrong’.
The defendant thought he had been arrested, but hadn’t been until he lashed out, Mr MacDermott said.
The court was told that O’Hagan has a limited record.
Addressing the defendant, Deputy District Judge John Rea said: “You are building up quite a record for this. You need to watch your behaviour around other people.”
O’Hagan was conditionally discharged for two years and ordered to pay £100 to the police officer he assaulted.
Judge Rea made it clear that he had received ‘no penalty today’, but if he was back within the next two years he would be dealt with for this matter and any new offence he had committed.
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