Man is accused of biting police officer on the leg

Man is accused of biting police officer on the leg

A Portstewart man is accused of biting a police officer on the leg.

David Dinsmore (40), of Ardmore Drive, is charged in relation to July 6 this year.

He is accused of assaulting one police officer, occasioning him actual bodily harm, and assaulting two other police officers.

The defendant is also charged with causing criminal damage to a CCTV camera.

Objecting to bail, a police officer told Ballymena Magistrates Court, police received a report of damage to a CCTV camera at Mullaghacall Road in Portstewart.

Officers found him nearby and the defendant refused to come outside, the officer said.

The court heard police restrained Dinsmore and whilst being arrested three officers were assaulted.

One was bitten on the leg, another was kicked and the third "dislocated his knee".

When cautioned Dinsmore replied: "W*nk stain".

The court heard the defendant had 53 previous convictions.

A defence solicitor said Dinsmore denied damaging a CCTV camera and "became obstructive" as he "took umbrage" at being accused of something he thought he hadn't done when police arrived at the home of a family member where he had drink consumed.

The lawyer said the defendant admitted the assaults on police

Bail was refused and the case was adjourned to August.