CS spray had to be used by police to control a Laurelvale man who assaulted a doorman and police during a drunken escapade, Craigavon Magistrate’s Court heard.
Twenty-six-year-old Paul Pentland, of Hillmount Manor, Laurelvale, admitted unlawfully assaulting a man on November 11, two assaults on police officers, resisting a constable and disorderly behaviour.
He was sentenced to 120 hours’ community service and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the doorman, £100 to one police officer and £200 to a second policeman.
The court heard that at 12.40am Pentland was in an aggressive stance close to the injured party’s face and then pushed him in the chest.
The defendant was in a highly agitated state and started struggling with police, head-butting an officer on the right side of the face.
Pentland was hit with a baton on the leg but continued to struggle and CS spray had to be used.
When questioned later he said he had a lot to drink and could not clearly recollect much of what had happened.
The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.
Mr Brendan Hagan, representing the defendant, said Pentland unreservedly apologised for his conduct and realised his behaviour was totally unacceptable.
He added that the main reason was drink and when the police arrived his client should not have got involved.
Mr Hagan said that when police arrived they acted very quickly and came from behind while Pentland was concentrating on the doormen at the nightclub.
District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said the defendant had no record but the assault was aggravated by the fact that it was a head-butt.
However he felt community service was appropriate rather than a custodial sentence.