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Casualty staff had to sedate unruly motorcycle thief

Staff at the Ulster Hospital’s accident and emergency unit were forced to sedate a handcuffed motorcycle thief who had just crashed, a court has heard.

Mark Paul McClure (25) — who had a suspected broken leg — was so aggressive when being treated by staff that they sedated him, Belfast Crown Court was told.

The disqualified driver with a 13-page criminal record spat and hurled abuse at police who arrested him.

Yesterday he was jailed for 21 months.

A prosecuting lawyer said that two weeks after McClure stole an Urban DZ motorbike, officers spotted him driving it into the grounds of Avoniel Leisure Centre on July 1 last year.

The officers lost sight of him as he drove around a corner of the building. When they followed him, they found he had crashed it on a grass bank.

The lawyer said that as they were arresting him for driving offences, McClure became “aggressive and verbally abusive” so they restrained him with cuffs.

As he was brought to the ground, officers noticed blood on his jeans and leg and they suspected he had suffered a compound leg fracture.

Despite that “serious injury” McClure “continued to struggle with officers” and when he arrived at the hospital he “started spitting at those present”, hitting one officer.

“He continued to struggle and eventually had to be sedated,” said the lawyer.

McClure admitted the offences when interviewed.

The accused, from Edith Street in Belfast, pleaded guilty to aggravated theft of the motorbike, driving while disqualified and without insurance, as well as charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a constable.

It was revealed to the court that McClure is already banned from driving until 2018 and has 84 previous offences, “77 of which are relevant in relation to driving and attitude to the police”.

Jailing McClure and banning him from driving for four years, Judge Patrick Lynch QC said spitting at the officers was “particularly repellent” and warned him that with his “appalling record ... you must realise that if you continue in this way it will result in protracted periods of imprisonment”.

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