Abused police who gave him first aid

A man who was abusive to police as they tried to give him first aid has been fined £600.

Martin Shan Patrick Irwin, of Drumachose Park, Limavady, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in Derry city centre on February 3.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were called to a report of a fight on Shipquay Street. They found the 22-year-old near the Richmond Centre bleeding heavily from a wound to his head.

Police tried to find out what happened but Irwin refused to provide any details.

They then attempted to administer first aid and he told them to ‘f*** off’, before pushing an officer.

The court heard Irwin kicked out, narrowly missing one of the officers.

It was revealed the 22-year-old has four previous convictions for disorderly behaviour.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court his client was the victim of a ‘serious assault’ and received eight stitches to the wound on his head.

He added that the 22-year-old ‘wrongly thought police were picking on him’ rather than investigating the assault and he became abusive.

Fining Irwin, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘police coming on the scene don’t know what the situation is.

“For all they know someone with even worse injuries could be lying around the corner.”

He added: “Instead of being co-operative he chooses to be aggressive, obstructive and violent towards the police”.