A man was today jailed for two years after head-butting a woman in a Derry pub.

Rodney Bonnes was convicted of assaulting four people, including two police officers who arrived at the scene.

Derry Crown Court was told that 29 year-old Bonnes, whose address was given as Crawford Square, attacked the woman, who is known to him, in a city centre bar at 4pm after offering to buy her drinks.

He began being 'rude and ignorant to her for no reason'.

Bonnes' girlfriend then came into the bar and saw him 'suddenly and seemingly without warning' grab the injured party and head-butt her.

When she fell to the floor, he continued to assault her, punching and kicking her and dragging her about the floor by her hair.

Crown Court Judge Phillip Babington said it was a 'chilling and seemingly unprovoked attack on a young lady who, through much of what happened, was lying helpless on the floor'.

The woman sustained a bruised and swollen nose and face and bruises to her shins, thighs and forearms.

Bonnes also attacked police on Shipquay Street and damaged a police car. He spat on one officer and busted another officer's lip.

CS spray had to be used to contain Bonnes and all the assaults were captured on CCTV.

At the custody suite in Strand Road Police Station, Bonnes bit a custody officer on the arm clamping his teeth into him so that the officer had to strike Bonnes three times to get him to release him.

The custody officer had the wound dressed at Altnagelvin Hospital and was treated with a tetanus jab and antibiotics.

Judge Babington described Bonnes’ behaviour as 'extremely cowardly', 'unprovoked' and 'unacceptable'.

Bonnes was sentenced to four years, two of which will be spent in prison without remission and the further two years will be spent on licence.

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