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Crown Court: Man jailed for police claw hammer attack

By Ashleigh McDonald

A 34-year-old father-of-four who threw a claw hammer at a police officer has been jailed.

As sentence was being passed on Michael Hanrahan at Belfast Crown Court, he launched a verbal, expletive-laden attack on Judge Gordon Kerr QC.

Judge Kerr refused to let Hanrahan disrupt his sentencing remarks and handed him a 25-month sentence - half of which will be served in prison with the remainder spent on supervised licence upon his release.

Hanrahan, of no fixed address, admitted five charges arising from an incident at Hartington Court in Belfast on May 13 last year.

The court heard Hanrahan broke into a Citreon Berlingo van in the Dublin Road area and stole cash, CDs and a claw hammer. When police arrived, Hanrahan threw the claw hammer at an officer standing just metres away.

A police dog was set on him and he was taken into custody. While in custody and being administered with a Tetanus jab, Hanrahan stole 20 painkillers from a doctor. A defence barrister for Hanrahan said her client had "faced up to all matters".

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