Man with ‘fighting stance’ gets CS spray – court told

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Police had to deploy CS spray on a Limavady man after he took a “fighting stance” towards them, a court has heard.

David Michael Frew, whose address was given on court papers as Drummond Manor, pleaded guilty to assaulting and resisting police on August 7, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard officers went to the 29-year-old’s home to make enquiries about a separate matter, when he became abusive.

He was shouting at police to get out of his house and threw back his shoulders “into a fighting stance”. Frew continued to shout obscenities at police and said “come on f****** arrest me”.

He began to struggle with the officers and CS spray had to be deployed before police could restrain him.

During the struggle, Frew began to strike out at police hitting one officer on the leg and another in the groin.

Defence barrister Nicola Rowntree said alcohol “played a significant role” in the incident.

She said Frew was having an argument in a domestic setting and “felt that the police presence was unnecessary” and he “completely lost his temper”.

Ms Rowntree said her client had very little recollection about what happened and thankfully there was no lasting injury caused to police.

Deputy District Judge Oonagh Mullan ordered the 29-year-old to complete 40 hours community service and to spend a year on probation.