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Man punched and kicked police in the face as they tried to arrest him, High Court hears

But accused claims he was beaten so bad his dentures fell out

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A man allegedly attacked four police officers after being woken at a house in Belfast, the High Court has heard.

A man allegedly attacked four police officers after being woken at a house in Belfast, the High Court has heard.

A man allegedly attacked four police officers after being woken at a house in Belfast, the High Court has heard.

A man allegedly attacked four police officers after being woken at a house in Belfast, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors claimed Henry Hayes head-butted, punched and kicked constables in the face during checks on his whereabouts.

CS spray had to be deployed to bring the 25-year-old under control during the incident on October 21, a judge was told on Tuesday.

But defence counsel argued Hayes was himself beaten so badly that his dentures were knocked out.

Adjourning the bail application, Mr Justice McAlinden requested mobile phone footage of the incident said to have been recorded by the accused's sister.

Hayes, of no fixed address, is charged with four counts of assault on police, criminal damage, resisting police, and two common assaults.

A Crown lawyer said officers went to the home of Haye's sister, at an undisclosed address, after being notified about a suspected breach of a previously imposed curfew.

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He allegedly woke from the sofa, jumped up and punched an officer on the head before spitting in his face.

Amid attempts to put him in handcuffs he head-butted and kicked two constables, according to the prosecution.

She said one officer received blows to the head and chest.

Hayes then allegedly kicked the window of a police car so hard that armour-plated glass cracked.

Limb restraints were put on him before a decision was taken to use CS spray.

It was claimed the violence continued en route to Musgrave PSNI Station, kicking one constable several times in the face.

Joe Brolly, defending, told an alternative version of events where his client sustained multiple injuries.

"When my solicitor arrived at the custody suite Mr Hayes had multiple injuries," the barrister said.

"He described him as having been badly beaten, his dentures had been knocked out."

According to Mr Brolly the accused has learning difficulties and is regarded as illiterate.

"He's a vulnerable young man," he said.

"He was sprayed in the face with CS spray, that's why he was spitting."

Counsel added that Hayes accepted "lashing out", but only because of the way he was allegedly dragged from the sofa.

The court heard claims that his sister recorded events at the house before her phone was taken.

Putting the bail hearing on hold, the judge requested records and reports connected to the Hayes' arrest.

He added: "I would expect the phone to be available."


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