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Suspended jail term for 'chivalrous' man who attacked police

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 heard today.

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 police 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.

He lifted a piece of the broken door during the incident, lunging out again outside the house in an attempt to get to his girlfriend.

Defence barrister Michael Boyd accepted his client should have pleaded guilty sooner.

He stressed, however, that it was not Gordon's behaviour which triggered the situation.

"There was drink on board and when police arrived he decided to behave in what he thought was a chivalrous manner to protect his girlfriend, but what was a completely unacceptable manner," Mr Boyd added.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall imposed a three month jail term for assault on police and two months for resisting arrest.

Both sentences were suspended for twelve months.

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