Cop sustains cut head after being pushed against wall, Magherafelt Court told

Magherafelt Courthouse.
Magherafelt Courthouse.

A police constable suffered a cut to his head when he was pushed against a wall in a struggle with a Russian national, Magherafelt Magistrates Court was told.

Andrej Slapins (23), Rainey Court, Magherafelt, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service.

Slapins admitted assaulting the officer and resisting police at Garden Street in the town shortly after midnight on December 14 last.

A prosecuting lawyer said police on mobile patrol saw the defendant exchanging punches with another man outside licensed premises.

She said the constable grabbed hold of Slapins and tried to get him away from the other man.

The defendant struck the constable with his left arm causing them both to fall to the ground, the lawyer continued.

She said in the fall the constable fell against the wall and cut his head from which there was a large amount of blood.

The prosecutor said the defendant attempted to get away and police used Cspray to arrest him.

She added that the constable sustained a one centimetre cut which required a staple to be inserted and an abrasion to his elbow.

A defence barrister said the defendant had express remorse for the incident.

He said the constable had intervened and the defendant had been resisting and the officer’s injury was the unintentional outcome.

District Judge Alan White told Slapins that he accepted the he did not intend to cause the injury but he nevertheless had to take responsibility for resisting the constable.