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Topless man covered in blood who assaulted two police officers gets four month jail term

Handcuffs and limb restraints were applied with the defendant having to be carried by an officer to a waiting police Land Rover

A Lurgan man who assaulted two police officers after being found topless and covered in blood has been sentenced to four months in prison.

It was heard that the 23-year-old had recently received a lengthy sentence in the Crown Court, with the district judge stating theses matters too had “crossed the custody threshold”.

Kevin Conway, of Deeny Drive, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage, three counts of assault on police, disorderly behaviour, resisting police and possession of a Class A drug at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Prosecution outlined that on August 23, of last year, police conducted a search under warrant of an address in Lurgan.

During this, officers located three small deal bags containing a white powder in a bedroom at the property.

The defendant, who was the occupier of the address, was arrested and gave a no comment interview.

Then on July 15, this year, at 3.20pm police received a report of a male acting suspiciously on the Portadown Road in Lurgan.

This individual was described as being aggressive towards member of the public and appeared to be covered in blood.

Officers arrived and were approached by member of the public, who reported a male covered in blood with no top on had punched his vehicle before walking off in the direction of a cycling path.

Police found this defendant standing in the middle of the lane yelling insults. He and another male then made off towards a wooded area and police pursued.

Officers were able to bring the second male to the ground in a controlled manner, but Conway then began to approach a constable in an aggressive manner.

The defendant was warned to desist but did not. The constable then struck Conway once on the right thigh before taking him to the ground.

He continued to lash out at police with his legs and attempted to bite one officer on a number of occasions.

Handcuffs and limb restraints were applied with the defendant having to be carried by an officer to a waiting police Land Rover.

Whilst being placed in the vehicle Conway struck another officer in the face. He was subsequently arrested and cautioned for the offences before the court.

District Judge Amanda Brady noted that the defendant had recently been handed a lengthy sentence in the Crown Court and commented that these offences had “crossed the custody threshold”.

Conway was sentenced to four months in prison for the offences before the court.

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