Police not wanted in Moneyneany - court told

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A FARMER, who told police that they weren’t wanted in Moneyneany, was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence at Magherafelt Magistrates Court.

Peter O’Kane (31), of Drumderg Road, Draperstown, admitted charges of disorderly behaviour and resisting police on July 24 last year.

A PPS lawyer said the incident happened in the early hours of the morning while police were carrying out a check of licensed premises at Moneyneany village.

She said defendant, who was heavily intoxicated, attempted to enter premises by a side gate despite being told that they were closed.

He became abusive and aggressive towards police and one officer was forced to use CS spray while arresting him for disorderly behaviour.

She added that while police were putting on handcuffs O’Kane put his hands up against his chest and officers had to use physical force to arrest him.

A defence lawyer said defendant was embarassed by his behaviour which was brought about by consuming too much alcohol.

She pointed out that he has not come to police attention since the incident.

District Judge Des Perry remarked that defendant did not appear embarassed and had an “arrogant attitude.”