Derry man charged with biting officer in police car

Derry Magistrates Court

A man who said he drank ten beers, followed by two bottles of rum and then drank a bottle of vodka in the presence of police has been remanded in custody charged with biting a police officer at the weekend.

26 Anthony Feeny of 44, Moyola Walk in Derry appeared at the local Magistrate's Court charged with a series of charges, inckluding one of assaulting a police officer occasioning actual bodily harm.

A police officer told the court that around 6 o'clock yesterday morning, police attended the scene of a road accident in which Feeny was the passenger.

While police were there Feeny drank a bottle of vodka and then proceeded to drop his jeans and expose his buttocks to police. When they went to arrest Feeny he began struggling and eventually was placed in the rear of a police vehicle.

He continued to struggle and at one point tried to headbutt an officer. Then he was alleged to have bitten an officer on the back drawing blood. It took 20 seconds to get Feeny to loosen his bite.

Defence solicitor Mr. Seamus Quigley asked for a pre-sentence report and said his client was 'ashamed' of the way he had behaved.

District Judge Barney McElholm said he did not think it possible for someone to drink that amount and still be alive.

He added that someone who could drink that amount could not be trusted to abide by bail conditions and remanded Feeny in custody to appear again on September 12.