Bite threat follows Aids claim

Published: 21 Aug 2012 20:30

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for four months after he claimed to have Aids and threatened to bite a police officer.

Dominic Duris

Dominic Duris, of Blackrock Park, Commons, Belleek, admitted assaulting the officer and spitting on his uniform.

He was released on £500 bail pending the outcome of an appeal against the prison sentence.

Charges that he was in possession of a kitchen knife and assaulted Elizabeth Duris, occasioning her actual bodily harm, were withdrawn.

A prosecutor told the court that around 11.30pm on May 26, police were called to an alleged incident involving Duris and his mother. Officers initially arrested him under the Mental Health Act and were bringing him back to the station in a police car when he became increasingly violent. He made a comment: "Tick, tick, boom. I have hep (hepatitis) and Aids. I'll bite you."

The prosecutor said Duris then spat in an officer's face and on his uniform.

Defence barrister, Miss Heather Philips, said that on the night in question Duris had consumed quite a lot of prescription medication and behaved in an "unsavoury manner". She suggested the spitting was an "inadvertent splash" and said Duris had asked her to reiterate his apology. He was now the father of a five-week-old son living in Scotland and had undergone a course of drug and alcohol treatment. It had become apparent he had mental health issues and he was attending the Aisling Centre in Enniskillen.

Miss Philips said Duris had initially spent three weeks on remand in relation to this matter.

Deputy District Judge Paul Conway told Duris that Miss Philips had "said everything that possibly could be said to keep you out of jail".

However, he continued: "You spat at a police officer but made very cogent statements before spitting at him to have the officer fear as much as possible about what you were going to do."

He described Duris' criminal record, especially for offences against the police and violence in general, as "shocking", reminding him that he had been in prison on six occasions for assaulting and resisting police.

He concluded that there were no exceptional circumstances that would allow him to suspend the four-month jail sentence.

Jump to first paragraph.

Get more stories from our Roundup section

17 Apr 2014 19:00 • Rodney Edwards

#fermanaghspake This Week is...

‘I’m not half well’

Social: Comments0 comments

17 Apr 2014 18:06 • Rodney Edwards

Would-be Unionist polictician admits Catholic Facebook question was 'badly worded'

A would-be politician seeking a seat in the new Fermanagh and Omagh Council for the Ulster Unionist Party has defended himself for a second time following comments he made on Facebook.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 17:01

Fermanagh's 'different breed' that sets the Orange Standard

Let me get the amateur sociology out of the way first: ‘Out-group homogeneity’. It describes a bias that any group of people are prone to have.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 16:30

Why are you 'punishing a good school'?

The proposed Development Proposal to close both Enniskillen Collegiate School and Portora Royal School and open a new school on a split site, will go before the members of the Western Education and Library Board on May 8 for approval.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 15:57

Meeting exposed WELB's 'weak process and weak argument' says Collegiate head

THE Collegiate Grammar School’s consultation meeting on its proposed amalgamation with Portora Royal exposed the Western Education Library Board’s (WELB) “weak process and weak argument”, according to principal, Elizabeth Armstrong.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 15:14

Collegiate parents walk out after rudeness of WELB official

PARENTS of Collegiate Grammar School have accused Western Education Library Board (WELB) officials of hiding their personal vested interest in a proposal that would see the school merge with Portora Royal next year.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 14:29 • Meadhbh Monahan

Angry homeowners duped by rogue driveway worker caled Roadstone

HOMEOWNERS in Enniskillen are “disgusted” with workmen who took hundreds of pounds for cleaning their driveways, but never finished the job.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 14:06

Enniskillen by-pass could start in four years says Minister

WORK on the long-awaited Southern by-pass of Enniskillen could start in four years’ time but only if the millions needed for the scheme can be found, Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has said.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 13:11

No referendum on fracking at Council elections

Fermanagh District Council is unlikely to hold a fracking referendum after legal advice has recommended against it.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 13:01

Woman who tried to give man love bite guilty of sexual assault

A 47-year-old woman has been convicted of sexually assaulting a young man after she allegedly “forced” herself on him, grabbing him by the bum and telling him she loved him.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 11:45

St. Patrick's Day crash led driver to court

A 42-year-old driver who failed to stop after crashing into a car on a bridge on St. Patrick’s Day was three times the legal alcohol limit.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 10:00 • Editorial Department

Inside today's paper

Clerics attend Queen’s banquet: Praise for their cross-community work

Social: Comments0 comments

17 Apr 2014 09:48

Sharpe names Premier 18 for Milk Cup

Fermanagh Premier Milk Cup manager Derek Sharpe has named his 18 man squad for this summer's competition.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 09:15

Men arrested in connection with security alert charged with theft

THE two men arrested in connection with a security alert in Fintona on Tuesday this week have been charged with Theft and Going Equipped for Theft

Social:

17 Apr 2014 09:00

Schoolgirl chef makes it to Fine Dine final

A local pupil has been named a finalist in this year's Fine Dine at Mine All-Ireland Schools Cookery Competion.

Social:

16 Apr 2014 22:30 • Editorial Department

In tomorrow's Impartial Reporter read:

How a woman has been convicted of sexually assaulting a man after touching him and trying to give him a love bite.

Social: Comments0 comments

16 Apr 2014 19:30

Arrest warrant for convicted shoplifter

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 33-year-old convicted shoplifter.

Social:

16 Apr 2014 17:00

Driver convicted of possession of drug after cannabis was found in car

The 32-year-old driver of a car from which there was a strong smell of cannabis has admitted unlawfully having the Class B drug.

Social:

16 Apr 2014 15:00 • Editorial Department

Comment - Shona Morrison - Feeling blue over the lack of support for autism awareness

Our wee county of Fermanagh has a great deal going for it right now.

Social: Comments0 comments

16 Apr 2014 12:20

Police probe confrontation between cyclists and motorist

A man was reportedly assaulted during a confrontation between a motorist and a group of cyclists on the Sligo Road in Enniskillen.

Social: