Teen shoplifting suspect 'kicked officer in head'
A teenager arrested for shoplifting almost caused a crash in Belfast city centre when he kicked a police driver twice in the head, a court has heard.
The 17-year-old, who can't be named because of his age, appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday after his arrest.
The court heard that the teen was being driven past Belfast City Hall in a police car when he kicked the woman driver in the head, causing her to lose control.
A police officer also told the court that the accused was "biting and spitting" at officers when being taken into custody and had to be restrained.
The teenager was charged with stealing £69 worth of mascaras from Boots on January 31. He's also accused of stealing £7 of perfume from Poundland and vodka and hair straighteners from Sainsbury's last November, and breaching his Asbo. In objecting to bail, DC Fairfield revealed he had committed 19 offences last year, had breached bail conditions nine times in 2013, and three further times in January this year.
He told the court that although the teenager was wearing a longsleeved tracksuit top, underneath it his arms were covered in open wounds from biting and cutting himself with a knife, leading police to have "real concerns" about his safety.
District Judge Amanda Henderson remanded him to appear in the Youth Court today.