Tried to headbutt police officer

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A man has been given a suspended jail sentence at Derry Magistrate’s Court yesterday after trying to headbutt a police officer.

Joseph Harkin (51) of no fixed abode appeared on charges of using disorderly behaviour outside Damien House on John Street on Friday night, and of assaulting a PSNI constable yesterday.

A spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service said that on Friday night police were tasked to a disturbance.

The defendant was spoken to at the scene but was ‘shouting, singing and swearing loudly’. The court was told that there were people in the vicinity and a number of windows were open. Harkin was warned three times, but continued to shout and called police ‘black b**tards’.

It was reported that he was aggressive to police after his arrest and attempted to headbutt one constable, but the constable was not injured.

A solicitor for Harkin said he was a chronic alcoholic who had ‘fell off the wagon’ recently.

District Judge Barney McElholm imposed two concurrent four month jail terms suspended for two years, after saying that nothing would work if Mr Harkin refuses to address his alcohol problem.