Northern Ireland

Chef who bit policewoman gets community service order

A chef who bit a policewoman's leg and spat at band supporters during trouble in east Belfast has been told he must complete 240 hours community service.

James Davey, 22, committed the offences during disorder after a loyalist Somme commemoration parade in July 2012.

Belfast Magistrates' Court was told he bit the officer as he struggled during attempts to detain him.

Davey, of Clandeboye Gardens, admitted assault, resisting arrest and acting in a provocative manner.

He also spat at passers-by in the area for the parade, according to the prosecution.

Davey was arrested during disturbances in the Castlereagh Street, Albertbridge Road and Mountpottinger Road areas.


Four police officers suffered minor injuries as bottles, fireworks and other missiles were thrown from crowds gathered after the parade passed off largely peacefully.

Davey was not charged with any rioting offences.

His lawyer said his client had been drinking after finishing work in a restaurant at the time of the incident.

"He was in a chef's uniform, clearly identified by the chequered trousers, and he was intoxicated," the barrister told the court.

He said Davey was from a mixed religious background, with his family said to be extremely disappointed by his behaviour.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall also ordered Davey to pay £150 to the officer he bit.