Jailed for ‘gouging’ police officer’s eye

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A 20-year-old man who ‘gouged’ a police officer’s eye has been jailed for five months.

Glen Carlin, of Amelia Court, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assaulting and resisting police and criminal damage.

The charge relates to an incident on November 3, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to Strand Foyer to remove two highly intoxicated males.

Carlin resisted police and punched and kicked an officer.

He also ‘gouged’ an officer in the eye causing him injury.

The court was told after he was arrested the 20-year-old attempted to spit blood at an officer.

He caused damage to a police ballistic vest during a struggle.

Carlin was placed into a police vehicle and caused damage to this by spitting blood.

The court heard the officer sustained superficial wounds to his hand and ‘discomfort’ to his eye. An x-ray confirmed the officer did not sustain any fractures to the eye.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin told the court his client had moved out of the family home at the time of the incident.

He said Carlin was ‘drinking too much and associating with people he shouldn’t have been’.

The barrister told the court since being remanded in custody, Carlin has addressed his issues with alcohol.

Jailing the defendant, Deputy District Judge Neil Rafferty said the 20-year-old’s behaviour was ‘disgraceful. “You assaulted police officers simply there to do their duty.”