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Man attempted to bite policeman’s leg

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A man from the Lislagan area near Ballymoney who attempted to bite a policeman’s leg has been given a three months jail term, suspended for two years.

Christopher Ellis (28), of Torrens Park, assaulted a police officer after being disorderly in Portstewart in September last year.

The defendant was agitated and verbally abusive to police and when arrested he said he would “smash” a police officer’s face if it wasn’t for handcuffs.

In a police vehicle, Ellis attempted to lunge towards the driver and then attempted to bite a police officer on the leg.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court on February 4 a defence barrister said comments allegedly made by the officer which were captured on bodyworn footage showed there was a “bit of context”.

Deputy District Judge Peter Magill accepted there was a ‘context’ but told Ellis: “Nevertheless such behaviour is unacceptable”.

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