Jailed for assaulting paramedic and police

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A 23-year-old who assaulted a paramedic and attempted to bite a police officer has been jailed for three months.

Patrick McCallion, of Capall Court, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour, common assault and assaulting police.

The charges relate to an incident in the Fairview Road area on July 5, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that ambulance staff requested police assistance because McCallion was shouting and spitting at them.

He was highly intoxicated.

The 23-year-old was standing in the garden of a house and was shouting at paramedics when the police arrived.

The court was told he had ‘no links’ with this address, but believed it was his house and was kicking and punching the door.

McCallion agreed to go with ambulance staff but became irate and ‘lunged’ at a paramedic with his fists clenched.

The 23-year-old was restrained by police and attempted to bite an officer on the arm.

He also tried to head butt a police officer on the way to custody.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client ‘regrets’ his behaviour towards ambulance staff and knows it was ‘unacceptable’.

Mr MacDermott said the 23-year-old has no previous public order offences and is on remand for other matters.

Jailing McCallion, District Judge Barney McElholm also imposed a £25 offender levy.