Man jailed after attack on officer

Man jailed after attack on officer

7 February 2018

A NEWCASTLE man who assaulted two policemen has been jailed for four months.

At Downpatrick Court on Thursday, Anthony Joseph Mooney (34), of Burrenview Court, was sentenced on charges of assault, disorderly behaviour, resisting police, and possessing cocaine.

The court how Quinn was seen banging on the door of Quinn’s Bar in Main Street, Newcastle, at around 1am on December 30 last year.

It was stated that he was upset after being “ejected” from the pub and that his coat was still inside.

Police warned Mooney about his behaviour and then moved on to deal with a separate incident. Mooney got involved in this matter and police again warned him about his behaviour.

A police officer pushed him back and told him he would be sprayed with CS spray if he continued with his behaviour. 

Mooney then tried to approach door staff at the pub and the police used CS spray on him to try to get him to calm down.

While Mooney resisted being handcuffed by police, a bag of white powder fell out of his pocket. He also spat in a police officer’s face.

“He is a man with drug and alcohol issues,” his solicitor told the court.

He said Mooney had consumed a few drinks that night and “things got out of hand.”

Mooney was also convicted of stealing £30 worth of items belonging to the Barbican SuperValu, at Dundrum Road, Newcastle, on February 26, 2016.

Staff contacted police after Mooney was caught on CCTV putting goods from the store into his clothing and then leaving without paying for them.

In addition to the jail term Mooney was also fined £150 for possessing cocaine.