Spat on dashboard of police vehicle

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When placed in a police car a man spat on the front seat and dashboard, Craigavon Magistrates court heard last Wednesday.

Connor Matthew Ruddy (23), Garrymore, Craigavon, admitted disorderly behaviour and two charges of criminal damage on June 18 this year.

For each offence he was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years.

He was also fined £250 for disorderly behaviour and ordered to pay £66.10 compensation for criminal damage.

The court heard that at 11.15pm police were called to deal with an ongoing fight at Drumgor Heights in Craigavon.

When he saw police Ruddy headed straight for the police vehicle and pushed a wheelie bin into it, causing damage.

When interviewed Ruddy said that due to alcohol he could not remember anything. He claimed he spat because of the CS spray police had used on him.

A barrister for Ruddy said he was the subject of a probation order and had previously received 120 hours community service which were completed successfully.

District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, said it was Ruddy’s last chance and if convicted again he would go to prison.