Dungannon man who kicked police officer in face jailed

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A man who was found lying intoxicated in the street by police has been imprisoned for eight months.

Anthony Malachy Patrick Bell, 25, from Castle Hill in Dungannon, screamed sectarian abuse at police as he was helped from the middle of William Street in the early evening of March 12.

Mr Blaine Nugent, defending, told the court his client’s behaviour was “obscene”

He called the constables “black b*****ds” and shouted “up the ‘RA” as he kicked and spat at them.

The defendant kicked one officer in the face and another in the chest before being taken to the station where his behaviour worsened.

Mr Blaine Nugent, defending, told the court his client’s behaviour was “obscene”.

District Judge John Meehan said that Bell had shown “persistent anti-social behaviour” and handed down sentences totalling four months in prison.

He also activated two suspended sentences amounting to four months. He ordered that the two terms run consecutively.