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22/09/2021

Derry man who told police: 'Let me or I'll bite you' is sentenced to six months in jail

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A man who told police he was going to bite them if they didn't let him go has been jailed at Derry Magistrate's Court. Ciaran Mongan (20) of no fixed abode was charged with disorderly behaviour and assault on police on July 1. The court heard that on that date Mongan stood in front of a police landrover 'shouting and swearing.' Police had cause to arrest Mongan for another matter and while waiting to go into the custody suite he began struggling and told police 'let me go or I will bite you' and proceeded to try and bite an officer. Defence solicitor Mark Reed said Mongan had been in custody for three weeks. He added that on the night in question Mongan was 'under the influence of something' and had little or no recollection of the events. He added trying to bite officers 'was not acceptable'. Mongan was sentenced to six months in prison.

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