Dungannon man with ‘violent attitudes’ towards police is sent to jail

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A prison sentence has been handed down in the case of a Dungannon man who carried out a number of public order offences, including assaulting a police officer.

John McNamara, 27, from Carrickaness Road, also used disorderly behaviour, made threats to kill and assaulted a police designated person.

The charges related to an incident in the Ann Street area of Dungannon on August 16.

McNamara’s lawyer told the local Magistrates Court the defendant has worked since leaving school at the age of 17, and pointed out that none of the defendant’s family “has ever been in trouble”.

In his sentencing remarks, District Judge John Meehan told McNamara: “This has been a lengthy matter. You have a history of violent attitudes towards police. I don’t see you’ve changed your attitudes to others.”

A total prison sentence of four months was imposed. Bail was granted for appeal.