A man accused of knocking out four of a police officer's teeth with a head-butt is to remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled today.
Richard Drennan was refused bail amid claims that he attacked the constable and then bit another officer during a violent outburst in Co Antrim.
The 37-year-old, of Lawnbrook Drive in Lisburn, faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm and assault on police.
Prosecution counsel Natasha Fitzsimons claimed he launched the attack after being arrested over a suspected fight with another man at Grand Street in the city on July 24.
As Drennan was being put in handcuffs he allegedly head-butted one of the officers "with considerable force".
Ms Fitzsimons said: "The constable sustained serious injuries, resulting in the loss of four teeth."
Drennan then directed his aggression at the policeman's colleague, according to the prosecution, by biting his hand and kicking him in the chest.
Teeth marks were left on the surgical gloves being worn by the officer.
Seamus Lannon, defending, told the court Drennan claims his actions stemmed from being hurt during the earlier confrontation with the other man.
"But for the serious head injury he received that day he wouldn't have reacted as he did to the police officers," the barrister said.
He argued that his client had "learned a lesson" during the time spent in custody.
However, Mr Justice O'Hara said he found those submissions difficult to accept.
Denying the application, he ruled: "The risk of re-offending against police officers is so serious that bail is refused."