Three months jail sentence for County Antrim man who spat in face of police officer

Three months jail sentence for County Antrim man who spat in face of police officer

A MAN who spat in the face of a police officer has been jailed for three months.

Daniel Gerard Valliday (33), of Bleerick Drive in Antrim town, committed two assaults on police and caused criminal damage to an officer's shirt on October 11, 2021.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena (main picture), that at 3am the defendant was in police custody.

He was under observation because he had attempted to hit his head off the cell floor.

He had to be restrained to prevent himself causing harm and began to flick a finger which had an open wound, causing blood to be splattered around the cell and it also landed on a police officer's shirt.

Valliday spat on two police officers, hitting one in the face and the other's trousers.

The prosecutor said: "Due to the high level of violence directed at police the defendant couldn't be arrested".

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said the defendant had problems with drugs in the last year.

He said he knew courts took a dim view of spitting.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said: "This is an appalling set of facts. To spit on anyone, especially public servants, in the middle of a pandemic is a significant aggravating feature".

The court heard the defendant was currently serving a sentence for other matters and Judge Broderick ordered the three months to be served consecutively to the current sentence.