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Police Took ‘Almost Comatose’ Man To Causeway Hospital But He Threatened To Bite Off Officer’s Nose

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Coleraine Courthouse

A man who was taken to hospital by police after being found “almost comatose” in a cafe threatened to bite off an officer’s nose, a court heard on Monday.

Scott Foster (23) was disorderly at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine and he also admitted seven charges of assault on police during incidents which included him biting the hand of an officer and spitting in an officer’s face.

The defendant, of Hillview Terrace in Banbridge, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court via video link from Maghaberry Prison and was given a three months prison term which he was told he must serve at the end of his current sentence which runs to the end of March.

A prosecutor said that in September last year Foster appeared to be under the influence of a substance and after being unable to waken him officers took him to the hospital in Coleraine.
However, he was loud and verbally abusive and disturbed other patients by swearing and he threatened to bite “the f**king nose off” a police officer and did bite an officer on the hand.
He spat out on two occasions striking police including once in the face.

Defence barrister Alan Stewart said the behaviour was “entirely inexcusable”.

“He didn’t have his anti-psychotic medication when the police first came upon him. He was almost comatose in a local cafe and police took him to hospital,” said Mr Stewart.

District Judge Liam McNally said it was an “appalling catalogue of offences” and handed down a three month jail term.

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