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Man who tried to bite police officer’s hand is described as a ‘scourge’

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BT Coleraine

A man with a Ballykelly address who attempted to bite a police officer on the hand has been described as a “scourge on the public”.

Patrick McCallion (28), of Bridgehouse Court, admitted assaulting and resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty during an incident last September.

He appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday.

The court was told police were called to a domestic incident at 12.30am on the date in question and they spoke to the defendant who was agitated in a living room.

He was aggressive towards police and refused to co-operate with instructions.

McCallion was placed in handcuffs and was removed from the property but because he was being violent in the rear of a police car a cell van was requested.

He attempted to headbutt an officer and tried to bite the officer’s hand whilst using foul and abusive language and making threats towards police.

When interviewed he said he could not recall the incident because he had been drunk.

District Judge Liam McNally said the defendant had 43 convictions and had been a “scourge on the public”.

The judge added: “He doesn’t really learn anything, does he?”

A defence barrister said McCallion’s mother died when he was 18 which had a huge effect on him and he began using alcohol but had been off drink since December.

The defendant was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and was also put on Probation for a year.

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