Officers' 'gallant' attacker avoids jail
A man who attacked police after they broke through a bedroom door to get to him and his girlfriend thought he was acting chivalrously, a court has heard.
Matthew Gordon received a three-month suspended jail sentence for lunging out when officers tried to remove him and his partner from her mother's home in Belfast.
He admitted charges of assault and resisting police just before the case was due to go to contest.
Officers were called out to the house at Argyle Street in the city following a domestic incident on May 30.
The woman who lives there wanted her daughter and Gordon removed from the property.
The pair were in an upstairs bedroom and refused to let police in, telling them to go away.
Gordon (19), of Kilcoole Park, Belfast, struck out at an officer after the door was forced in, the city's Magistrates Court heard.
His lawyer said Gordon decided "to behave in what he thought was a chivalrous manner to protect his girlfriend". He was also given a two-month suspended jail sentence for resisting arrest.