Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Man 'tried to bite and head-butt police officers'

Man 'tried to bite and head-butt police officers'
Man 'tried to bite and head-butt police officers'

A man tried to bite and head-butt police officers called to deal with a rowdy group in a Belfast hotel, a court heard today.

Leo Benson also shouted abuse and had to be put in handcuffs and leg restraints, prosecutors said.

The 24-year-old, of St Peter's Place, Belfast, admitted charges of assault on police, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour.

He was said to have been among a group of six men challenged by staff as they went round the corridors of the Etap Hotel on the Dublin Road on February 8.

Police were brought in after they ignored requests to calm down.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard Benson was located with others on a stairwell.

It was alleged that he then shouted "SS RUC" several times and behaved threateningly.

A prosecution lawyer said he tried to head-butt a policeman during a violent struggle.

As a second officer put him in restraints it was claimed Benson tried to bite his finger.

Defence barrister Luke Curran stressed that his client made full admissions during interview.

"It's against the background of a very positive situation generally that this drunken incident occurred," he added.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall was persuaded to defer sentencing in the case to tie in with another unrelated case.

But she warned: "There's to be no offending and co-operation fully with probation.

"If he's back here, however, he will be in custody."

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