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Man tried to headbutt police officer, court told

By Alan Erwin

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

Leo Benson 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. At Belfast Magistrates Court it was alleged that Benson shouted "SS RUC" several times and behaved threateningly.

A prosecution lawyer said he tried to headbutt 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 said: "It's against the background of a very positive situation generally that this drunken incident occurred."

District Judge Fiona Bagnall deferred sentencing in the case to tie in with another unrelated case.

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