Man jailed for assault on police

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A 22-year-old who “quite clearly has a problem with police” has been jailed for seven months for assaulting officers.

Sean Patrick Gibbons, of Rushcroft Park, pleaded guilty to a total of six charges relating to three seperate incidents between February 18, 2011 and August 15, this year.

They included assaulting and resisting police and handling stolen goods.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 22-year-old was identified on CCTV in February last year along with two other men selling a stolen water tank at a local scrapyard.

During interview, Gibbons admitted being in the car while the tank was sold, however denied stealing the tank, selling it or receiving any money from it.

The next incident occurred during a disturbance in the Waterloo Street area of the city in July. It was revealed Gibbons, who was drunk, was shirtless and bleeding from a cut on his arm.

He told police people were looking for him before punching an officer on the face.

The 22-year-old was arrested and restrained, during which he attempted to kick out at the officers.

The final offence was committed when police called at the defendant’s home to investigate a breach of bail conditions.

Gibbons told police they “don’t have a clue” and called one officer a “fat b******”.

The court heard he assaulted police during arrest by headbutting one officer and kicking the other in the shin.

Defence solicitor Paddy McDaid said his client had been “exposed to drink and drugs from the age of 15” and when he drinks his “anger comes to the fore”.

He told the court Gibbons had spent time in custody for the first time and “he doesn’t like it”.

Mr McDaid added that the 22-year-old needs all the help and support he can get to overcome his problems and “accepts he will have to avail of it”.

Jailing Gibbons, Deputy District Judge Peter King said the 22-year-old “quite clearly has a problem with not only police but with your temper and controlling the amount of alcohol you take on board”.

He added: “One does not go around headbutting and kicking people who put on a uniform for the benefit of the community”.

The judge also ordered the 22-year-old to pay £135 compensation to the owner of the water tank.