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Man hanging from window tried to bite police after drinking ‘four or five bottles of Buckfast’

The defendant had been hanging from a broken window at the address and he was initially arrested for criminal damage

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A Keady man tried to bite two police officers after they found him hanging from a broken window.

Court heard during interview the 24-year-old stated he had no recollection of the events and had consumed four or five bottles of Buckfast.

Jordan McGleenon, of Crossmore Gardens, appeared for sentencing on two counts of assault on police and disorderly behaviour at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Prosecution outlined that on August 17, police received a report of a male attempting to enter a property on Fairgreen Avenue in Keady.

Officers arrived to find the defendant hanging from a broken window at the address and he was initially arrested for criminal damage.

As police led him away, McGleenon became aggressive and he shouted and swore at the officers.

This behaviour continued despite the defendant being warned on several occasions about this.

Police, due to McGleenon’s demeanour, had to make a request for a cell van.

Whilst being placed in the vehicle, the defendant attempted to bite two officers. He was subsequently arrested for the assaults on police and disorderly behaviour.

McGleenon was placed into a cell at Dungannon Custody Suite and was interview when he sobered up.

During this, the defendant stated he had started to drink that afternoon and had consumed four or five bottles of Buckfast.

McGleenon said he had no recollection of the events. He did know the owner of the house he had attempted to break into but had never had a disagreement with them.

Defence barrister Seamus Lannon stated: “This is a man who has never been in court before. He works two or three days a week on a construction site.”

Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter said: “You are 24 with no record. This is in your favour and I hope to never see you before the court again.”

McGleenon was ordered to pay a fine of £300, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 16 weeks.

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