‘Spoilt little tantrum thrower’ sentenced

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A ‘spoilt little tantrum thrower’ who told a police officer to ‘get out of my country’ has received a suspended sentence.

Michael McMahon, with an address of Upper Meadows Street, Belfast, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour, assaulting and resisting police.

He admitted further charges of possessing a medicinal product without prescription and possessing cannabis.

The offences were committed on November 10, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to a domestic incident in the Moore Street area and the 24-year-old was found in possession of a cannabis joint.

The officers searched McMahon and he was arrested.

He began screaming and shouting at the officers and asked ‘are you f****** English. Get the f*** out of my country’.

McMahon lunged forward and head butted one of the officers, who sustained a laceration above his right eye.

McMahon was searched while in police custody and was found with class C tablets.

Defence counsel Ciaran Roddy told the court this is the ‘perfect example of how not to behave when apprehended by police. It is clearly harmful to the community and is to be deployed in every way, shape and form’.

He said the 24-year-old is aware that alcohol misuse is causing him to commit offences and needs help for that.

Passing sentence, District Judge Barney McElholm said the defendant ‘blames everyone else for everything that is wrong in his life and even blames the police for turning up on this night. He has a totally unrealistic view of the way things happen in life’.

He said McMahon is a ‘spoilt little tantrum thrower and if you continue to throw tantrums and come back before me for this type of offence you will go straight to prison’.

The judge suspended a four month sentence for two years and fined McMahon £100.