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Man bites father (76) on inner thigh and admits: ‘Every time I drink I get arrested’

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BT Coleraine

A MAN who bit his 76-year-old father on the inner thigh; tried to hit his sister with a brush shaft and punched a neighbour admitted to police that “every time he drinks he gets arrested”.

Samuel Boyd (36), of Ballyweaney Road near Cloughmills, works with the Green Pastures church in Galgorm as a volunteer, Coleraine Magistrates Court was told.

Boyd was not present at the court on Monday but admitted charges including three assaults; possession of Pregabalin and resisting a police officer on March 12 this year.

A prosecutor said police received a report of an ongoing incident at Ballyweaney Road and when officers arrived Boyd was being restrained on the ground by his father and his father’s friend.

Boyd then resisted police and was “dragging” his feet and he headbutted a police vehicle.

Limb restraints had to be placed on him and he was taken to hospital because of concerns he had taken drugs.

The defendant told police he had been off alcohol for a number of months as “every time he drinks he gets arrested”.

On the date in question he said he had alcohol, Pregablin and some “unknown tablets”.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said the defendant had a clear record up until recent years and was had once been jailed for four months and committed twenty offences in a twelve month period.

For the latest offences Boyd was given a three months jail term, suspended for two years, and was also made the subject of a two year order to refrain from harassing the three people he assaulted.

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