Suspended sentence for alleged kickboxing champion

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A man with an ‘horrendous record,’ claimed he was a kickboxing champion and told police ‘I will take you all on,’ a court has heard.

Joseph McLaughlin, of Glasgow Terrace, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and assaulting police on May 29th.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were called to an address in Hazlebank in the early hours of the morning because the 37-year-old was banging on the door of a property.

When the officers arrived the defendant was lying at the side of the property and told them he didn’t know what he was doing.

McLaughlin accepted the offer of a lift home from the police.

A short time later he became abusive and aggressive and asked to be left at the side of the road.

The 37-year-old then claimed he was ‘an Irish kickboxing champion and I will take you all on.’

The court heard McLaughlin took his hooded top off and threw it on the ground.

He also told police ‘I am going to batter you muppets.’

McLaughlin struggled violently with the officers and continued to shout and threaten them until he was arrested.

It was revealed the defendant was in breach of a Probation Order and a Binding Over Order, both of which were imposed for disorderly behaviour.

Defence Counsel Michael Doherty said his client was highly intoxicated when police arrived and was asleep in the garden.

He added McLaughlin ‘took exception with the way police dealt with him and believed they were heavy handed’.

However, the barrister said this was not an excuse for the 37-year-old’s behaviour which he accepts was ‘unacceptable.’

Mr Doherty told the court his client is a father of five and is ‘ashamed of his behaviour’ because he wants to set a better example for his children.

Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes said McLaughlin has an ‘horrendous record for disorderly behaviour’.

He suspended a six month sentence for three years and re-sentenced on the two breach cases. The judge imposed two yeas probation and bound him over in the sum of £1,000 for two years.