Limavady man jailed for five months

A 47-year-old man who assaulted and resisted police was jailed for five months at Limavady Magistrates Court on Wednesday. 

Dominic Theobald Allen of 24 Gorteen Crescent, Limavady, was sentenced after he was convicted of the offences committed on March 26.

The court heard police were called to an ongoing disturbance at a house in Limavady that night at 10.50pm. 

When police entered the house there were three to four females and two males having an argument. 

Police tried to move one of the females, but the males attempted to intervene. They were warned to stay back, but Allen had to be restrained. He came towards police and told them to get out, swearing. He made threats towards the officer and swung a punch, narrowly missing. 

He was restrained and proceeded to lash out violently and struggle. He was restrained against a sofa and handcuffed, charged and taken to the police station. 

A defence solicitor said alcohol was at the root of the incident that night for Allen. He said he was a nuisance to police rather than a direct threat. 

District Judge Paul Copeland said Allen, who he noted had at least 20 convictions for similar offending, was “reckless, impulsive and lacking in self control”. 

He said he was sentencing Allen to jail because of his “extensive and significant criminal record”, his “significant history for confrontation with police and assaulting officers”, and his “failing to respond to non-custodial sentences”.  Mr. Copeland told Allen he was warned when he stood in court in October last year that if he broke the law again for a similar offence he would go to prison “and this is a consequence of that”. 

Allen was given a two months’ jail term with a consecutive suspended sentence of three months.