Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Man who bit police officer and head-butted another 'could lose his liberty'

A man who bit one police officer and head-butted another in a rage after being refused entry to a Belfast nightclub could lose his liberty, a judge warned today.

Sean McLaughlin will be sentenced next month after admitting three counts of assault on police and a further charge of disorderly behaviour.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he was in an angry and irate state after being turned away from the Kremlin Bar on Donegall Street early on January 5.

A prosecution lawyer said the 33-year-old started shouting and swearing at police at the scene.

McLaughlin, of Newington Street in the city, bit one officer on the arm and then head-butted another during a struggle to restrain him, the court heard.

He kicked a third policeman on the leg before being arrested.

Handcuffs and limb restraints had to be used to keep him under control.

According to the prosecutor all three officers reported pain and discomfort from the assaults.

After hearing details of the incident District Judge Peter King ordered pre-sentence reports.

He warned the accused: "Your liberty is in serious jeopardy, notwithstanding (there are) no previous convictions."

McLaughlin was ordered to return to court for sentencing on May 12.

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