Man spat at police who responded to report of ‘loud music’

Police were called to a report of “loud music” coming from an address at Main Street in Portglenone on May 2 this year and the occupant then attempted to headbutt a police officer and spat towards two other officers.

Rafal Krzysztof Magier (34), admitted assaulting a neighbour; assaulting three police officers; and possessing the drug Fentanyl.

He had his fists clinched and had moved towards the woman putting her in fear.

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At a PSNI station the defendant told police he was a “very different person” with drink and drugs which made him violent.

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A defence lawyer said Magier apologised for his behaviour and had shown “genuine remorse”.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court, District Judge Nigel Broderick said it had been a “very nasty” incident.

He said he normally sends people to prison if they spit at police.

The judge said the “saving grace” was the limited criminal record; the fact the defendant was in employment and that none of the spit had landed on the officers’ faces.

Judge Broderick told the defendant: “It’s a very nasty thing to spit at somebody, especially during a pandemic, because nobody knows whether you are infected with Covid-19 or not”.

Magier was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and was also ordered to pay a total of £400 compensation to the woman and three police officers who were assaulted.