Man 'threatened to bite nose policeman's nose off'

Belfast High Court

A man who was arrested for drunken disorderly behaviour threatened to bite a policeman's nose off, the High Court in Belfast has heard.

Louis Maguire, 25, with an address at a hostel on Belfast's University Street, called him a "smelly Orange b******" prosecutors said.

Mr Maguire is charged with disorderly behaviour and assaulting police.

He was released on bail on condition that he seek immediate medical help for alcohol addiction.

Mr Maguire was first arrested following an incident at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on 1 June, the court heard.

Police intervened as he struggled and swore at staff trying to escort him from the Accident and Emergency Department.

As officers tried to decide what to do with him he attempted to head butt one of them, the prosecution said.

He was detained again after disturbances during a barbeque at his sister's home on Sunday 14 July. A prosecuting lawyer said he had been drinking vodka.

"Whilst en route back to custody he said 'I will bite your nose off, you smelly Orange b******'," she told the court.

"He lunged at a police officer putting him in fear that he was going to strike him."

Defence counsel said that Mr Maguire is not accused of making any physical contact. He said his client's alcohol problem was a disease.

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