Festival fan jailed for his 209th conviction

A Derry man with 208 previous convictions has been jailed after attempting to headbutt a female police officer during the Jazz Festival.

Liam Bradley faced Derry Magistrate’s Court charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and disorderly behaviour, following an incident on Saturday May 4.

The court heard that 9.45pm PSNI officers were tasked to a disturbance at the corner of Rock Mills and Strand Road. There they met the defendant who was in “a highly intoxicated and highly aggressive state”.

As one female officer reasoned with 42- year-old Bradley, he attempted to headbutt her.

The court heard that the defendant, whose address was given as no fixed abode, also spat at officers.

When placed in the police vehicle he “remained in a highly volatile state”.

Bradley then refused to give his name to police but he was already known to them.

Defence solicitor Dermot Walker, told the court: “My client doesn’t dispue the facts but was highly intoxicated having drunk far too much at the Jazz Festival. He would ask the court for credit for his early plea.”

Judge Barney McElholm stated: “He has 208 previous convictions including multiple assaults on police officers and has refused to do anything about his drinking.”

Judge McElholm sentenced Bradley to four months imprisonment on each charge.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

Bradley was also ordered to pay an offender levy of £25.