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Co Antrim angler bit police officer after night’s drinking

By Nevin Farrell

A police custody officer was bitten by a man who had earlier been caught being disorderly on a Christmas night out with fishing friends, a Co Londonderry court has been told.

Gary David Edwards (37), whose address was given as Dunluce Court, Bushmills, admitted charges of disorderly behaviour and assaulting the officer.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday that police had received a report of a man being abusive in Bushmills. When they went to the scene they found the defendant's hand was bleeding.

The prosecutor said a crowd gathered and the defendant called police "black b******s" and also made reference to "east Belfast UVF" during the incident at 10.20pm last December 1.

The court was told that when taken to a police station the defendant bit a custody officer on the leg.

A defence lawyer said his client had been "high intoxicated" and didn't remember much of the night out. He said Edwards had been "drinking with fishing friends at a Christmas 'do'".

The lawyer said the defendant had consumed spirits and had subsequently apologised to the custody officer and had apologised to ambulance staff.

District Judge Peter King said, fortunately, "no lasting damage" was caused by the bite.

Imposing a three month prison term, suspended for two years, the judge told Edwards: "If you can't celebrate Christmas without being arrested, then maybe you should look at your drink consumption."

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