Man assaulted police officers


A man who assaulted police after he called for their help has received a suspended sentence.

Patrick McGlinchey, of Glenabbey Drive, pleaded guilty to assaulting and resisting police on February 3.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 43-year-old phoned police to remove his girlfriend from her home. When officers arrived at the address he refused to let them in, telling them ‘go to f*** you will not be coming in’.

Police forced entry to the flat and McGlinchey pushed an officer in the chest and a violent struggle ensued.

The court heard CS spray had to be deployed and as police put the 43-year-old in their vehicle he kicked out at an officer.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client has mental health difficulties and issues with substance abuse.

He said McGlinchey has a ‘lengthy and relevant record’, however he urged the court to ‘leave something hanging over his head’.

Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy said it was a ‘nasty incident’ but that a jail term was ‘inappropriate’ because McGlinchey is trying to get assistance for his difficulties.

The judge suspended a three month sentence for two years