05 Oct 2022

Derry court hears man who assaulted a doorman in Waterloo Street told police he had no recollection of the incident

A man who assaulted a doorman in Waterloo Street told police he had no recollection of the incident. Paul O'Kane (26) of Mountfield Road in Claudy admitted assaulting the doorman on April 13 and an attempted assault on police on the same date. The court heard CCTV operators told police the defendant had assaulted a door man. He was chased and caught in William Street before running off again. Police went in search of him and then O'Kane ran out in front of the police vehicle and was arrested. While in the police vehicle O'Kane tried to bite an officer. When asked about the incident the defendant said he could not remember anything. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said 'alcohol is the root of his problems.' The solicitor said that his client had no idea why he got into a dispute with the door staff. He added that the assault on police was attempted rather than successful and he told the court O'Kane had not taken a drink since. O'Kane was sentenced to 12 months on probation.

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