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Drinker assaulted doorman and PC

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: July 12, 2012

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A MAN who was refused entry to a pub lashed out at a doorman and subsequently head-butted a police officer, North Devon Magistrates' Court heard.

Brendan Muir, 23, of 6 Barleycorn Fields, Landkey, pleaded guilty to assaulting Neil Deakin and to assaulting police sergeant Lee Henderson in the course of his duty.

Muir also pleaded guilty to possessing 0.13 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy), a controlled class A drug, and possessing a quantity of cannabis, a controlled class B drug.

And he admitted being in breach of an 18-month conditional discharge, imposed by another court for two offences of criminal damage.

David Barnes, for the prosecution, said that Muir was refused entry to The Water Gate in Barnstaple because of his intoxicated state.

He became verbally abusive to the door staff and raised his fists, adopting an aggressive stance.

When he was asked to move away he let go with a flurry of punches, assaulting Neil Deakin.

The door staff detained him and the police were called.

Police Sergeant Lee Henderson attended and told Muir to calm down.

But Muir continued to struggle, trying to hit out.

He was arrested and handcuffed and as he was escorted to a waiting police vehicle Muir head-butted Sergeant Henderson with enough force to knock his helmet off.

Subsequently, a small amount of cannabis was found in the defendant's shirt.

A package of white power, which turned out to be NDMA, was also discovered.

Rod Ball, for the defence, said his client had been celebrating a friend's birthday and had far too much to drink.

He was ashamed and had expressed his remorse.

Mr Ball added that his client used cannabis recreationally.

As to the small amount of Ecstasy that was discovered, Muir did not realise he had it on him.

Mr Ball said that no doubt it had been passed to him when he was drunk.

For assaulting the police officer Muir was given a community order for 12 months with 120 hours of unpaid work.

For the drugs offences and the breach he was given three conditional discharges for 12 months to run concurrently.

He was told to pay £75 compensation to sergeant Henderson, £50 compensation to Neil Deakin and £40 costs.

Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

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