Man punched policewoman on the jaw on July 12

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Police were called to a report of a man lying injured in Coleraine town centre on July 12 this year and when they arrived another man at the scene, who had blood on his hand, then punched a policewoman on the jaw.

Robert Fafal Pozniak (35), of Loguestown Green, Coleraine, admitted charges of assaulting and resisting police.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court on August 20 that police were tasked to Union Street where ambulance personnel were at the scene.

One male had a notable facial injury and Pozniak indicated the male had fallen and injured himself.

Officers noticed a small cut and blood on Pozniak’s hand and when questioned about it he became “quite defensive” and agitated before striking a female PSNI officer on the left jaw causing tenderness.

During a police interview the defendant claimed he did not intentionally hit the officer and apologised for doing so.

A defence lawyer said it was a strike with a clenched fist and accepted it was a “serious matter”.

He said Pozniak, now unemployed, came to Northern Ireland around ten years ago and for nine and a half years had worked in a factory in Cullybackey.

The lawyer said the defendant was fuelled by drink on the day in question and his behaviour was out of character.

Deputy District Judge Brian Archer said it was a “totally unprovoked attack” on a police officer who had gone to assist those at the scene.

He told Pozniak: “Without any reason whatsoever you struck the officer a full blow to the side of the jaw”.

Pozniak was given a three months jail term, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay the policewoman £400 compensation.

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