Female police officer assaulted
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
A ROSTREVOR man who assaulted a female police officer after he was given a lift home has had his sentencing deferred in the hope that he will address his alcohol problem.
Michael Patrick Grattan of Rosswood Park, appeared at Newry Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with two counts of assaulting police, attempted criminal damage and resisting police.
The court heard that on July 5 at 9.30pm, police were called to assist the Ambulance Service with Grattan who had jumped into water at Fairy Glen and was being aggressive.
Police then escorted the 36-year-old back to his home, however once in the house he shouted "You RUC b*****ds" and reached for the officer's gun, bringing her to the ground. He was arrested and after being put in the police vehicle, he attempted to bite another female officer.
Defence, which handed in a reference from Cuan Mhuire, said Grattan has a problem with alcohol and has not been before the court during the last 13 years. Following the incident he completed a 12 week programme with the organisation.
“He completely lost the run of himself and and has no memory of what happened. He wrote letters of apology to the officers on his own initiative," defence said.
District Judge Eamon King said: "This was a nasty incident. Those officers were so concerned about you they didn't just dump you off at your door, they went above and beyond and brought you into your home, where you then kicked off. You attempted to take the gun of an officer, bringing her to the ground, and then tried to bite another one.
“I'm going to defer sentencing for six months in the hope that you'll do what you say you're going to do. If you keep out of trouble - that will be reflected in your sentence," Mr King said.
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