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Man who pleaded guilty to assaulting police officers served time in remand

A man who bit one police officer and kicked another has walked out of court after serving his jail sentence on remand.

Leroy Steven McHarrie of Mona Drive in Douglas appeared for sentencing before Deemster Richmond at the Court of General Gaol Delivery.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting police officers in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Prosecution lawyer Barry Swain offered no evidence on other charges of criminal damage, fighting and possession of an imitation firearm – telling the court the two main witnesses in the case were drugged at the time of the incident and therefore could not provide reliable evidence.

McHarrie was arrested ten minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve, but became violent at police headquarters.

As well as physically attacking two officers, he spat blood and saliva on his cell window and falsely claimed he had coronavirus.

Deemster Richmond called his behavior disgusting and advised him to change his life, adding “it’s up to you whether you’re going to spend the rest of your life being a regular in this court.”

After hearing that the unemployed McHarrie had already spent 118 days in jail awaiting sentencing, he imposed a prison sentence of 118 days.

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