07 Aug 2022

Court hears Derry man tried to headbutt police officer while wearing crash helmet

A man accused of assaulting police by trying to headbutt an officer while wearing a crash helmet said he was only trying to free his leg caught against a police vehicle. Sean Canning (34) of Clon Enagh in Derry admitted a series of driving offences as well as the assault that occurred on August 14. The court heard that police observed a motorcycle with no number plate. They followed it and noticed it travelling at about 30 mph in a built up area. Police signalled it to stop but kept their distance due to the dangers involved. Eventually Canning did stop and when police approached him he tried to turn the bike and restart the vehicle. He then grappled with police and tried to headbutt the officer. He told police he had a Republic of Ireland licence and accepted he had no insurance. Canning maintained he was not trying to get back on the bike. A defence solicitor said his client accepted he should not have been on the bike. District Judge Barney McElholm said there was no 'injury or direct assault.' He imposed a sentence of 12 months probation and 50 hours community service and disqualified him for 6 months.

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