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Man who spat and attempted to kick police after slicing own arm jailed for three months

By Alan Erwin

A man who tried to bite and kick a PSNI officer after slicing his own arm with a broken bottle has been jailed for three months.

Jamie Sinnamon also spat in the face of another policeman who came to his aid in the centre of Belfast early on Wednesday morning.

The 27-year-old, with an address at Verner Street in the city, admitted two counts of assault on police and disorderly behaviour at Donegall Square East.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard officers were flagged down by a member of the public who witnessed Sinnamon cutting his wrist.

A prosecution lawyer said the defendant had been highly distressed and surrounded by broken glass.

When police tried to help he refused to accept treatment and was detained under the Mental Health Act.

At that stage he thrashed out, lunging at the officers in a bid to bite and kick one before spitting at his colleague.

Defence solicitor Pat Kelly told the court: "Somewhat tragically, he was self-harming, cutting himself with a broken bottle and attempting to cause himself serious injury.

"Unfortunately due to intoxication and the mental distress he was under, he didn't accept the offer of assistance from police.

"It's a case where he regrets that very deeply."

Mr Kelly set out further further personal difficulties he contended may have contributed to his client's behaviour.

But despite the immediate guilty pleas, District Judge Fiona Bagnall described Sinnamon's actions towards police as "strongly aggravating factors".

She ordered him to serve three months in prison for the assaults, with a concurrent one-month term imposed for the disorderly behaviour.

Mr Kelly later confirmed an intention to appeal the sentence.

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