Punched female officer

A 21-year-old man has admitted punching a female police officer.

Paul Brown, of Foxhill, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting police.

The charges relate to an incident in the Shipquay Street area of the city on March 18.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police on patrol in the early hours of the morning saw the 21-year-old acting in a disorderly manner.

They spoke to him about his behaviour and he left the area.

A short time later Brown approached a female officer in the Magazine Street area and punched her once on the arm before running off.

He was arrested and during interview denied punching the officer.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said the incident occurred in the “immediate aftermath” of St Patrick’s Day and the 21-year-old had consumed “much more alcohol than he normally would”.

District Judge Barney McElholm adjourned sentencing to see if Brown is suitable for a community service order.

He was released on continuing bail and will appear in court again on May 3.