A MAGHERAFELT man who kicked a police officer on the shin during a struggle, was placed on probation for nine months when he appeared at the local Magistrates Court.
Brendan Coulter, of Sperrin View in the town, admitted charges of assault, resisting police and disorderly behaviour on November 2 last year.
A prosecuting lawyer said around 11pm police observed the defendant staggering on to the road way at Queen Street after leaving a public house.
He said they spoke to the defendant who was intoxicated and accompanied by his partner, and he was allowed to continue on his way home.
But a short time later police responded to an incident at nearby Princess Terrace where they found the defendant lying on the ground.
The lawyer said Coulter’s partner told them that he was diabetic and she was concerned that he had taken too much drink.
The prosecutor said defendant became aggressive and abusive towards police and paramedics trying to help him.
He added that while Coulter was being restrained and handcuffed he kicked a constable on the right shin.
A defence barrister said Coulter had gone out on this occasion after refraining from alcohol for a period.
The lawyer stressed while the defendant has a record he did not have any entries for assault on police. He added that Coulter was now addressing his addiction problem.