Man who kneed police officer in groin is jailed for six months

Ballymena Court

A BALLYMENA man who allegedly threatened to petrol bomb his mother’s house and kill her partner and then kneed a police officer in the groin has been jailed for six months.

Adam Wilson (22), of Rathmore Heights, had charges of making a threat to kill; making a threat to damage property and a charge of assaulting his mother withdrawn.

He pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly behaviour; assaulting two police officers and resisting one of the officers in the execution of his duty.

The charges relate to December 20 last year.

A previous court heard the defendant came home drunk and was being aggressive towards his mother who he was calling names.

He then allegedly said that if police were called he would petrol bomb the house and that he would “knife” his mum’s partner “to death”.

Police arrived and when arrested Wilson was extremely aggressive and irate and kneed a male officer in the groin area and struck another while calling them “f–king pig b-stards”.

Police were told the defendant had taken a number of tablets – believed to be Lyrica – and Wilson was taken to hospital.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court last Thursday via video link from prison where he had been since December.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney said the defendant has struggled with drink issues for a number of years and on the date in question was under the influence.

He said it was fortunate no injuries were sustained to officers in the incident.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a “nasty incident” and the defendant had a previous record.

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