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Teenager could spend Christmas behind bars

Thursday, 8 December 2016

A STUDENT could be spending Christmas behind bars for his 'animalistic' behaviour including biting paramedics and spitting at police.
Eoin Toner of Caman Drive, Ballycastle was charged with criminal damage and two counts of assaulting police and common assault. The 19-year-old appeared before North Antrim magistrates , sitting in Coleraine on Friday (December 2).
The prosecution recalled how on March 3 this year police had received a call at around 1.45 am regarding the ambulance service responding to a male who had become violent.
Toner was being held down as paramedics attempted to check him. Police handcuffed and restrained the defendant as he punched, kicked and bit them.
There were visible bite marks on the paramedics at the scene and Toner was arrested. Due to the nature and tight space police brought him out of the house and then into a cell van. Toner then spat at officers and while in the van spat blood. He was arrested for criminal damage and claimed he could not recall the incident.
The defence argued: "Courts rightly and often make examples of such cases. In this case the sentence could be seen a deterrent to ensure police and ambulance staff can go about their jobs without being threatened with acts of violence.
“We understand courts take a very firm line on this, but the Eoin depicted in this incident is not the same Eoin I know."
Serious
District Judge Liam McNally commented: "I have no doubt about that. The man here this morning is not the same man who was with paramedics and police that night. They went to assist him. One said 'he clamped his teeth on my forearm and when I tried to get him off he bit harder.' It can't get more serious than that."
Judge McNally asked how it had escalated and the defence said: "Quite simply he drank a litre of spirits. He consumed a litre bottle of Morgan Spiced rum before going out."
Mr Toner was so intoxicated he was unable to enter the nightclub with his friends and was taken home.

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