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Police called to Rambler Inn in Portstewart and man then shouted ‘racially and sexually offensive terms’ at officers

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POLICE were called to the Rambler Inn in Portstewart in the run up to Christmas and a resident then kicked a female officer on the back and legs several times whilst making “racial and sexually offensive” remarks.

Misha Gough (19) appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena on Monday, via video link from Hydebank Prison in relation to offences on December 20 last year.

He admitted charges of being disorderly at the Rambler Inn and assaulting and resisting a police officer.

A prosecutor said at 11.10pm police were called to the Rambler Inn in connection with another incident when they observed Gough causing a disturbance in a corridor.

Gough was being “held back” by a member of staff and a resident whilst he was “screaming and shouting” at other residents.

When he refused to clam down, and due to “his level of aggression,” police produced CS spray and issued a warning.

Gough then pushed a resident and when police restrained the defendant on the ground he struck out at police and kicked a female officer to the back and legs on several occasions but there were no injuries.

The prosecutor said Gough turned his verbal abuse towards police “by shouting and calling them a number of racially and sexually offensive terms”.

The defendant had to have leg restraints applied and was carried from the premises to a police cell van where he continued to shout and swear.

Defence barrister Thomas McKeever said they had been “nasty” offences and in sobriety Gough is a “pleasant individual” who was “embarrassed by his actions”.

He said the defendant had been in custody since before Christmas on remand and because of covid prison guidelines he spent “two weeks in isolation” over the festive period which was a “difficult sentence”.

The lawyer said the defendant had a limited record but alcohol and prescription drugs were his main problems although he was aiming to get help.

The defendant was given a one month jail sentence which with time served meant he was due for an immediate release.

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