Man ‘freaked out’ and spat on male PSNI officer and punched policewoman on the nose

Ballymena Courthouse

A MAN who “freaked out” and spat on a male police officer and punched a female officer on the nose causing her to fall back onto the ground has been given a four months prison sentence.

Andrew Bain (21), with an address at Chiswick Walk in Ballymena, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

He pleaded guilty to being disorderly at Rossdale Manor in Ballymena; assaulting two police officers and possessing cannabis and Lyrica.

A prosecutor said that at 9pm on April 30 this year police responded to a report of a disturbance at a property and as they attempted to arrest a female Bain made an attempt to intervene and was shouting and swearing.

He used a “full fist” to punch a female officer on the nose causing her to fall back onto the ground and suffer pain and he spat on a male officer.

The court heard Bain felt he was “cornered” by police and panicked and “freaked out”.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said Bain was a “troubled young man” who had “utilised illegal substances for some time” and on the date in question had become “highly agitated”.

The lawyer accepted Bain was “at a crossroads”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a “very poor” set of offences and said to punch any police officer, let alone a female officer, “full on the face, on the nose, is totally unacceptable”.

The court heard Bain had 22 previous offences including assaults on police.

The judge said the court had previously given the defendant a chance to “address the difficulties you have in your life” but now he was being jailed for four months.

Bail was fixed for appeal in the sum of £500.

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