A Limavady man told police he was ‘Sylvester Stallone’ before kicking an officer in the abdomen, a court has heard.
Michael Harkin, of Greystone Road, appeared before Limavady Magistrates Court today charged with disorderly behaviour and assaulting police.
The court was told the charges related to an incident which took place in the Drumachose Park area of the town on Boxing Day.
Police were called to the area at 10.15pm after a member of the public reported that a drunk male was causing a disturbance in the estate.
Officers approached Harkin, who identified himself as the movie star Sylvester Stallone (pictured above).
The court heard that the 46 year-old then became verbally abusive to police and despite being asked to moderate his behaviour he continued to shout, calling officers ‘f***ing PSNI b*****ds’.
Harkin confirmed his real identity a short time later and when he was cautioned for the offence of disorderly behaviour, he said to one officer: “go f**k yourself.”
When the officers walked away, Harkin again shouted ‘PSNI b*****ds’. He was subsequently arrested.
The court heard that Harkin continued to roar and kicked out at one officer, striking him in the abdomen.
The defendant also head butted the rear window of the police vehicle during the incident.
Harkin’s solicitor Brian Stelfox said his client had been out at a party on the night in question and had consumed alcohol.
“He has no recollection of the incident,” said Mr Stelfox, adding that Harkin is ‘very embarrassed by it all’.
During sentencing, District Judge Liam McNally told Harkin that police had given him ‘every opportunity’ to go home that night.
“If you had taken that advice, you wouldn’t be here today,”
Harkin was sentenced to three months in custody, which Judge McNally suspended for two years. He was also fined £200.
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