A court in Londonderry has been told a 21-year-old man slashed himself in the throat with a piece of glass during an incident at the junction of Little James Street and William Street last month.
Patrick Stokes from Moss Park in the city pleaded guilty in the city's Magistrates’ Court to charges of disorderly behaviour and resisting a police officer in relation to the incident.
A police officer told Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy that police were called to the incident in the early hours of August 18 following reports from members of the public that a man was cutting himself with a knife.
When the officers arrived the defendant started to cut himself on the throat.
He refused several police requests to stop and an officer then struck him on his bloodied hand with a baton knocking a piece of glass to the ground.
An ambulance crew was called to the scene but Stokes refused medical treatment.
The crew told the police that the cuts on the defendant's throat and hand were superficial.
Stokes then became aggressive towards the police and was arrested after they put restraints on his legs.
He was released on bail until sentencing on October 19.