Man spat in face of police officer

A MAN who spat in the face of a police officer was given a four months prison sentence on Christmas Eve.

John Paul Savage (30) was spoken to by police at Birch Hill Park, Antrim, on December 15.

He admitted assaulting police; resisting an officer and breaching a Non-Molestation Order.

Antrim Magistrates Court heard the defendant told police he didn’t have a copy of the Order and was subsequently provided with a copy.

The court heard the defendant is an electrician, who had been working at Sligo General Hospital, and had gone to his former partner’s home.

The defendant, who has an address listed as the Dungannon area, appeared at court via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

He told the court he had suffered a drunken “blackout” during the Antrim incident.

A defence barrister said Savage had relapsed into alcohol brought about by a stressful situation and the defendant, who had 63 previous convictions, wished to apologise for his behaviour.

Jailing Savage for four months, District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant’s behaviour towards police had been “quite appalling”.

Bail was fixed for appeal.

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