Derry man charged with assaulting police and custody officers remanded in custody

Derry Magistrates CourtA Derry man who appeared in court charged with assaulting two police officers and two custody officers has been remanded in custody.

Lee Leonard Thompson of Claremont House, Richmond Avenue in Derry, also faced a total of 16 driving charges relating to incidents over the past three years.

The 42 year-old appeared in Derry Magistrates Court in relation to charges of dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and assault to a uniform over the weekend.

After visiting Thompson at his address, he is alleged to have become aggressive and abusive towards police, spitting at a constable and kicking another before being taken to a cell.

Later after being let out to go to the toilet, Thompson was said to have attacked two custody officers, breaking one of their fingers and causing bruising to their faces.

Defence solicitor Paddy McDaid said his client was well known to police and would be willing to abide by any conditions the court saw fit to impose.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that he had no confidence in Thompson abiding by bail terms if he had access to a car and added that he had no doubt whatsoever he would be driving again.

He remanded Thompson, in custody to appear in court again on June 20.