Chef who bit officer banned from city

Published Tuesday, 10 July 2012
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A chef accused of biting a policewoman's leg and spitting at band supporters during trouble in east Belfast following a Somme parade is to be excluded from the city, a High Court judge has ordered.

Chef who bit officer banned from city
The earlier march took place peacefully. (© Pacemaker)

Mr Justice McCloskey imposed the ban on James Davey as part of conditions under which he was granted bail.

The prohibition will only be lifted to allow him to go to work at a city centre restaurant.

Davey, 21, from Clandeboye Gardens, Belfast, faces charges connected with disorder following a Somme commemoration parade on 2 July.

He is accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, provoking a breach of the peace, and resisting arrest.

Four officers suffered minor injuries as disturbances broke out in the Castlereagh Street, Albertbridge Road and Mountpottinger Road areas.

Bottles, fireworks and other missiles were thrown from crowds gathered after the parade had passed off largely peacefully.

Eight people were arrested, with some others subsequently charged with rioting offences.

The court heard Davey had been drinking tequila after finishing his work shift and was so drunk he cannot remember what happened.

Kate McKay, prosecuting, said it was alleged that he ran forward and spat at band supporters as the parade passed by.

He was arrested but struggled and bit a police constable on her left thigh, it was claimed.

The officer suffered bruising and swelling around the area of the bite.

Defence barrister John O'Connor stressed that Davey was not accused of any rioting.

"What he specifically said is 'I cannot remember these acts, but if you say I did them I apologise'," Mr O'Connor told the court.

He also set out how his client was from a mixed marriage and had carried the coffin at the recent funeral of his grandfather - a prominent Orangeman.

Mr Justice McCloskey was told he could stay with relatives in Downpatrick to keep him out of Belfast during the marching season.

The judge described the alleged spitting incident as "a disgracefully provocative act".

He added: "An allegation that the applicant bit a lady police officer on the left thigh is another thoroughly deplorable act."

But after recognising Davey's clear record and full-time employment, Mr Justice McCloskey ruled that the available address enabled bail to be granted.

As well as being excluded from Belfast, an alcohol prohibition was also imposed.

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4 Comments
Tara in Belfast wrote (835 days ago):
The media only put up wat thier told this story is not right ulysses so don't get so caught up in it, james is very a respectable person and was in the wrong place at the wrong time
allabam in belfast wrote (836 days ago):
im sure the chefs granda is turning in his grave if its true.ulysses32 you are so so bitter how sad that is.i read your comments and realise there will never be peace in northern ireland with people like you about.give it up pal live an let live.
collette in belfast wrote (837 days ago):
gerry kelly should be ashamed of himself he should go and represent the loyalists for he sure as hell does not represent ardoyne people.the people of ardoyne have every right to protest on ardoyne road. after all didnt he say the people of ardoyne can march on the road 365 days of the year. how dare you discredit a group that represents the people of ardoyne go away gerry you or unionist sinn fein are no longer wanted in ardoyne. take your orange order friends and go march over in west belfast see how you get on
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (837 days ago):
The grandson of a prominent Orangeman. Intriguing indeed. Just more confirmation of faux unionist fury from the previous thread about the chef. Let the loyalist backtracking from the comments on the previous thread begin....
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