05 Oct 2022

Derry man who bit PSNI officer and spat all over police vehicle jailed for two months

A man who kicked a police officer and spat around a PSNI vehicle has been jailed, at Derry Magistrate’s Court. Sean Pyper, 27, of Foyle Road in the city, appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court charged with stealing alcohol on November 7, 2016, disorderly behaviour, assaulting police, resisting police and criminal damage on September 19, 2018. He was further charged with theft and assaulting a police officer on October 21 of this year. The court heard that the 2016 theft was of two bottles of beer at Long’s Supermarket where he was caught on CCTV. He made full admissions when arrested and said he was using alcohol and drugs at the time. In September of this year ambulance staff were treating someone when he attempted to pushed past into the ambulance but he was prevented from doing so and told police officers to ‘f**k off’. He was observed walking towards John Street but returned to Bridge Street where he told officers, “I’ll take you all on.” Pyper was ignored at first but proceeded to act aggressively towards members of the public and was subsequently arrested. While being transferred to Strand Road Police Station the defendant kicked an officer in the chest and spat around the vehicle. On the morning of October 21 he was observed stealing newspapers and magazines from a shop on Foyle Street. The defendant was intoxicated and when he was being transported to Coleraine Police Station he became aggressive and ‘lunged’ at a police officer. Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said that since his client was arrested on October 21 he has not applied for bail which shows he has ‘more insight than many people in his position’. The court was told that Pyper’s place at Damien House is still available to him and the probation service had suggested a deferred sentence. At the time of the offences he was said to have been in a relationship with someone with the same difficulties, but that has since ended. District Judge Barney McElholm said the 27-year-old has done ‘quite a bit of offending this year’. Pyper was sentenced to a total of two months in prison.

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