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Man who attacked PSNI staff is jailed

A man who attacked police staff while in custody after demanding to be given drug withdrawal medication has been jailed for four months.

Gerard Doyle kicked a designated civilian officer during an outburst of violence at a station in Belfast, a court heard.

The 23-year-old also admitted threatening to punch a medical representative during the incident in June.

Doyle, of Eia Street in Belfast, was due to contest charges of assault on a police designated person and common assault.

But instead he entered guilty pleas during a hearing at the city's Magistrates Court.

The offences were committed while he was being detained over a separate issue.

Doyle was said to have become violent as he demanded drug withdrawal assistance.

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Defence barrister Michael Boyd said his client has been struggling with his abuse of drink and narcotics.

Passing sentence, District Judge George Conner ordered the defendant to serve a total of four months behind bars.

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