Man is jailed for assaulting police

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A man who assaulted police as he was arrested has been jailed for seven months.

Conor Christopher Lishman, who is originally from Derry but whose address was given on court papers as Kylemore Road, Coleraine, pleaded guilty to two assaults on police on June 16, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard that police were called to an address in the Rosemount area after reports of a disturbance inside.

When they arrived, officers could not get into the house as the door was blocked by two men struggling inside.

They eventually forced their way in and removed 27-year-old Lishman from the property.

As police were arresting Lishman he struck out striking one officer on the arm.

Another officer then tried to get the defendant into a police vehicle but he continued to struggle and hit this officer on the chest with his head.

He also bit an officer on the right forearm but due to the clothing the police officer was wearing he did not break the skin.

Neither officer sustained an injury.

The court was told the 27-year-old has three previous convictions for assaulting police.

During police interview, Lishman claimed he was not struggling with the officers, it was just that the handcuffs were too tight.

Defence barrister Steven Mooney said that his client deserved credit for his guilty plea.

Jailing Lishman for seven months, Judge Philip Babington said the court takes assaults on police ‘very seriously’.