10 Aug 2022

Derry man who spat and punched police officer three times in the face jailed

A Derry man kicked out and assaulted police officers who had gone to arrest him for breaching a restraining order, Derry Magistrate's Court heard today. Anthony Martin Elliott (44), of Balmoral Avenue (off Racecourse Road) admitted assaulting police and breaching the restraining order on 25 January last. The court heard that when police attended Elliott was at the front of the property and initially was compliant with police. The court was told he then he became violent when police told him he was to be arrested for breaching the order. The court heard he punched one officer in the face three times and spat at police and kicked out and eventually CS spray was used and limb restraints and a face mask was applied. When taken to police cells, the court was told he lay on the ground before being brought to the hospital where he continued to shout and staff refused to treat him. Defence barrister Stephen Chapman told the court the breaches occurred when Elliott had drink taken and there were no threats. Elliott was sentenced to four months in prison and had the restraining order extended until 2022.

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