Jail after trying to bite police officer

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A man who was disorderly in the hospital and attempted to bite a police officer has been jailed.

Phillip Norman Devenney was jailed for four months for his ‘unforgivable behaviour’.

Devenney, of Riverview Terrace, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and assaulting police on August 25.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were at the hospital when staff informed them Devenney was causing a disturbance.

He had been brought to the hospital by paramedics and was acting aggressively, banging and punching doors.

Staff had to hold doors shut to prevent the 25-year-old from entering the rest of the hospital.

Police attempted to escort Devenney from the hospital but there was a struggle in which he attempted to bite a police officer’s finger.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said his client had a ‘particularly sad background’, had been on a downward spiral for the last few years and had problems with drink and drugs.

Jailing the defendant, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘it was ‘absolutely unforgivable’ that Devenney behaved in this manner in the hospital’.