A 23-year-old man who bit a police officer twice has been given a chance to re-engage with probation and has avoided any custody after he was convicted of two charges of assault on police and one of disorderly behaviour.

Jaryn Munn of Beresford Place, Enniskillen appeared at Fermanagh Magistrates Court on Monday to face the charges following an incident on April 22 of this year.

At around 10pm police were responding to reports of an assault in Enniskillen and spoke to an individual.

Munn was named as a suspect in an unrelated matter. He was arrested by police for disorderly behaviour before he became agitated and began shouting profanities at the officers.

The defendant was placed in handcuffs and put into a police vehicle. While in the vehicle he kicked out and hit two officers. He continued to fights and managed to bit one of the officers twice.

During interview he made no admissions.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, representing Munn described the whole episode as a "nasty incident" and said his client accepted he was skating on thin ice.

He said through pure good fortune that there was no long term effect or injury sustained.

Mr. Fitzpatrick said Munn has to deal with this unfortunate incidents and it was certainly an incident he should not have got involved in and he accepted it was disproportionate to how it could have been dealt with.

Turning to the report from probation, Mr. Fitzpatrick said it was positive in showing his client accepted that he has issues and was willing to re-engage.

He said his client had a difficult upbringing but was an industrious man who was not a "hopeless case" but a young man who made mistakes and wants to address them.

District Judge Steven Keown said it was a nasty offence and that the 23 year old was lucky that probation were willing to work with him again.

He said probation was a direct alternative to custody and ordered Munn to serve 12 months probation and pay compensation of £250 each to the officers he assaulted.