Suspended sentence for two counts of assault on police

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Portadown man, who assaulted two police officers, has been handed a suspended custodial sentence.

The case of Conrad Robinson, (49), of Granville Road, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse on Wednesday, January 12.

The court heard that on March 8 last year, police were tasked to a domestic matter and Robinson was detained and restrained.

After being handcuffed, it was reported that the defendant started to become “hysterical and violent” before swinging arms and elbows which struck an officer.

A kick to a female officer meant she suffered bruising with further assistance being required to prevent further injury.

In his defence, the court was informed this was a peculiar case as his client was watching a film with his partner when his mother-in-law kept ringing and interrupting.

It was stated that Robinson was known by his mother-in-law as Norman Bates and the defendant told her down the phone that “he would cut her throat” but this was joke.

However, after his mother-in-law contacted the police, Robinson didn’t realise what was happening and due to alcohol consumption he “lost control” and struggled with officers.

District Judge Greg McCourt told Robinson: “Your behaviour towards the police was appalling”.

The Judge imposed a three month custodial sentence, suspended for two years on each charge to run concurrently.

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