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Man who punched officer and spat at custody staff handed two month prison sentence

Defendant, a serving prisoner, had been due for release in July

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A man who punched a police officer to the face and spat at custody staff has been sentenced to two months in prison.

The 20-year-old’s barrister told court that the charges arose out of the defendant’s annoyance at being arrested for matters which have not been proceeded with.

Jamie Lee Harvey, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on police and two counts of assault on a police designated person at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, via videolink from Hydebank.

Prosecution outlined that on February 27, police arrested the defendant in relation to an unrelated matter no longer before the court.

Whilst being booked in to Musgrave, Harvey became aggressive towards staff he hit a constable in the left eye with a clenched first, before spitting at another constable and two civilian detention officers.

Defence barrister Damien Halloran informed the court that his client was currently a serving prisoner with a release date of July 14.

He also commented that the charges arose out of the defendant’s annoyance at being arrested for matters which have not proceeded with.

District Judge Bernie Kelly stated: “Reflecting his poor record for this type of offending, regardless of the initial offence he had no right to behave in the way he did.”

Harvey was sentenced to two months in prison for the offences.

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