Suspended sentence for assaulting police


A woman who left a police officer with a ‘nasty scratch’ has received a suspended jail sentence.

Josie McCaughey, of Bonds Hill, pleaded guilty to assaulting the police officer on July 5.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were called to a domestic incident and the 24-year-old let them into her home.

She had a number of scratches and cuts to her face and arms.

McCaughey was intoxicated and became ‘extremely aggressive’ when police tried to find out how she sustained the injuries.

She began ‘roaring’ at the officers and hit one of them on the eye, causing a ‘nasty’ scratch.

The 24-year-old continued to lash out and had to be restrained.

Defence counsel Nicki Rountree told the court her client had an ‘entrenched dependency on alcohol’ and knew she needed to address her issues.

McCaughey is currently subject to a probation order until June 2016.

Suspending a one month jail sentence for two years, Deputy District Judge Terence Dunlop said it would be ‘improper’ to interfere with this order.

However, he warned McCaughey ‘whatever going on in your life it is not appropriate to attack a police officer in the course of their duties’.