Man bit police over nightclub entry

Published Monday, 07 April 2014
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A man who bit and head-butted police officers in a rage after being refused entry to a Belfast nightclub could lose his liberty, a judge warned on Monday.

Man bit police over nightclub entry
McLaughlin had been turned away from the Kremlin Bar in Belfast. (© UTV)

Sean McLaughlin will be sentenced next month after admitting three counts of assault on police and a further charge of disorderly behaviour.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he was in an angry and irate state after being turned away from the Kremlin Bar on Donegall Street early on 5 January.

A prosecution lawyer said the 33-year-old started shouting and swearing at police at the scene.

McLaughlin, of Newington Street in the city, bit one officer on the arm and then head-butted another during a struggle to restrain him, the court heard.

He kicked a third policeman on the leg before being arrested. Handcuffs and limb restraints had to be used to keep him under control. According to the prosecutor all three officers reported pain and discomfort from the assaults.

After hearing details of the incident District Judge Peter King ordered pre-sentence reports.

He warned the accused: "Your liberty is in serious jeopardy, notwithstanding (there are) no previous convictions."

McLaughlin was ordered to return to court for sentencing on 12 May.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
tony maronie in lagmore wrote (296 days ago):
liberty = freedom. if he had of done it to a joe public he would of got a fine.
Your Joking in Belfast wrote (296 days ago):
Blame the door staff, they don't have a sense of humor, It's regrettable the fella acted the way he did but at the end of the day, it's the Kremlin door staff that provokes such anger. I'm one of the straight guys who was refused entry, for cracking a joke and by looking at me, I am in no way an aggressive person, certainly not a person who goes out looking for trouble. I wouldn't have minded being refused entry to the Kremlin, it's the fact a radio communication went out to other bars and clubs in and around the area to also refuse me entry because of my cocky comment to one particular door staff at the Kremlin..
Frank in Belfast wrote (297 days ago):
What do you mean "could loose his liberty?" Lock him up!!! Basics!!
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