Police officer is assaulted

Craigavon Court House.
Craigavon Court House.

When police called at his house in the early hours of the morning a 42-year-old man reacted angrily and assaulted an officer.

Vitalijus Agalakovas of Clendinning Way, Portadown, appeared last Wednesday at Craigavon Court.

He was fined £150 for assaulting a constable, £150 for resisting police.

The court heard that on July 12 going into the early hours of the next morning police were tasked to go to an address in Portadown.

They were speaking to the defendant’s wife when he began shouting in Lithuanian and his wife and child became increasingly upset.

Police tried to remove Agalakovas from the property but he stood his ground.

They managed to get him to the police vehicle but he thrust his left elbow out and refused to let them close the door.

He then lifted his left leg up and trapped an officer’s arm and when officers were unable to free their colleague Agalakovas laughed in a taunting manner.

The defendant raised his knee up quickly on two occasions and on the third occasion hit an officer on the head. Limb restraints had to be used.

Defence said his client had been out for a few drinks and police had arrived at 12.30am.

He added that his client’s partner let police in and Agalakovas was handcuffed. The defendant had just woken up, was upset and shouted at his wife to get help.

Mr McDonald said the defendant did not know where he was being taken to and was shouting that the handcuffs were hurting him.