Thug who grabbed PSNI officer by testicles avoids jail
A man who grabbed a PSNI officer by the testicles has been given a suspended jail term and ordered to pay £300 compensation to the policeman.
Ryan Samuel Glass (44), of Kingsbury Gardens, Coleraine, assaulted the officer on December 27 last year.
He previously admitted assault and the case had been adjourned for a pre-sentence report.
At the earlier hearing District Judge Liam McNally had warned that the "nasty" assault could lead to a prison sentence.
Glass was back at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday for sentencing.
A prosecutor said Glass - who had almost 150 previous convictions - had been arrested at Christmas on suspicion of a breach of bail.
He was taken to Coleraine PSNI Station and was put in a cell as he was being uncooperative.
When a police officer went to the cell to search the defendant the policeman was "grabbed by the testicles".
A defence barrister said it was an "unpleasant incident".
He said Glass had "no memory" of what happened but was "particularly embarrassed".
The lawyer said the defendant wished to publicly apologise to the officer for the "nasty" incident.
District Judge Peter King said: "Thankfully, while unpleasant, there doesn't seem to have been any lasting injury caused to the constable."
Glass was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to compensate the policeman.