Drunken 'nuisance' attacked police on Twelfth
A drunken 21-year-old unemployed man made as "absolute nuisance" of himself on the Twelfth of July when he was thrown out of two pubs in Enniskillen and attacked a police officer.
Nial Newman, of Galliagh Park, Enniskillen, was sentenced to four months in prison, supsended for two years, when he appeared at Fermanagh Court.
He admitted assaulting one police officer, resisting another and being disorderly.
A prosecutor told the court that at approximately 8.40pm on July 12, police were approached by door staff who had ejected Newman from Pat's Bar at The Diamond in Enniskillen for causing a disturbance. He was trying to start a fight. About 10 minutes later Newman was put out of Wetherspoon's pub for causing a disturbance. When a police sergeant approached him about his behaviour, Newman told him: "You're a f--king prick."
The court heard that Newman then walked back up towards The Diamond where he referred to one of the officers as a "w--ker". He resisted arrest, folding his arms across his chest and not allowing police to handcuff him. He also struggled, damaging an officer's watch and kicked out, hitting an officer on the leg.
Defence solicitor, Mr. Bernard Corrigan, said: "It's clear he had a considerable amount of alcohol consumed and it's also clear he was making an absolute nuisance of himself.
"He has very little recollection of what went on," the solicitor added.
He said that when sober Newman presented as a "curteous and respectful individual". He apologised to the police.
Mr. Corrigan said Newman had not appeared at an initial court hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. As a result he had spent time in custody before being released on bail.
District Judge Liam McNally pointed out that Newman had appeared in court on June 6, and been given community service for another assault and here he was, a month later, out behaving like this at The Diamond in Enniskillen on the Twelfth of July.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 04 Oct 12