Man broke policewoman’s finger during drunken struggle


A 22-year-old man who broke the finger of a policewoman in a drunken struggle in Portadown was given a jail sentence last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Christian Barkley, of no fixed abode, appeared by videolink from Maghaberry prison.

For two assaults on the police he was sentenced to three months in prison and a concurrent one month term was imposed for disorderly behaviour on November 28.

Two months of a five month suspended sentence were put into operation, to run consecutively, making a total of five months in custody.

The court heard that at about 8.20pm police received a call for assistance from ambulance staff.

When they arrived at Union Street, they found the defendant heavily intoxicated, unsteady on his feet and slurring his words.

Barclay had attempted to buy more alcohol at an off licence but had been refused by staff. Police then took him to an address where the resident said he did not live there.

Barclay told an officer he was ‘going to knock the f—k out of you’ and struggled violently.

He broke the ring finger on the left hand of a woman officer.

A barrister representing Barclay said he was interviewed the following morning and had no recollection of events because of the alcohol he had taken the night before.

He added that the defendant was an alcoholic and this had led to the break up of relationships with his family but around September of last year he had made up with his mother and was back living at home.

However, the lawyer said, on this night he took drink and lost it. Police generously brought him back to his mother’s house and he started harassing them.

Deputy District Judge, Mr Neil Rafferty, said that such was Barclay’s record that every time he was back in court he would be going to prison for longer.

He told the defendant he had to face up to the reality that he was an alcoholic who does not stop drinking until he is face down in the gutter.