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28 Nov 2021

County Derry man hid in dog kennel before assaulting police

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on police.

County Derry man hid in dog kennel before assaulting police

A 26-year-old man from Curran, County Derry, who hid from police in a dog kennel has been handed a probation order.

James Irons, of Toberhead Road, Curran, entered guilty pleas to two counts of assaulting police and one count of resisting police in relation to the incident on October 5 2020.

The court heard how police had attended an ongoing domestic incident and after searching the house, located the defendant in a dog kennel at the rear of the property.

Irons kicked out at officers from the kennel and attempted to drag one of them inside, before lifting a nearby brick and motioning to throw it at the police.

While in custody, the defendant also punched a police officer in the thigh.

Responding to a question on his living arrangements, Irons, who currently resides in Belfast, said he intended on moving back to the County Derry area.

“I'm a country boy and would like to be closer to my family,” he told the court.

Judge Mullan imposed a 12-month probation order on the defendant and warned he would be brought back for re-sentencing if he did not comply with the order.

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