Used crutches to attack PSNI officers

A 41-year-old man has been given a three-month jail sentence, suspended for two years after he appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court charged with disorderly behaviour following an incident on September 28 this year.

The court heard that Miguel Ramos, who has an address at Heron Way, Waterside, was stopped by police outside Hillbilly’s Chicken on the Strand Road at around 10.20pm on the night in question after he and another man had been seen by police at the back of the building.

When police asked to search Ramos together with the other man, Ramos became abusive and swore at the officers.

Ramos then struck out at the officers, using crutches that he had been carrying at the time.

Acting for Ramos, defence counsel Eoghan Devlin, told the court that while his client had appeared in court on many occasions he had been “more sinned against than sinning.”

“The court is aware that Mr Ramos has had his fair share of demons and life has dealt him many difficult blows as well. He has been quite stoic in dealing with many of these blows.

“It was not so long ago that Mr Ramos managed to abstain from alcohol for a substantial period of time and had stayed out of trouble and out of court during that period .” Mr Devlin added.