Man admits assaulting police officers in Amlwch

A man has admitted assaulting two police officers in Amlwch while brandishing a kitchen knife.

A court heard Kieran McGuinness headbutted an officer, who needed hospital treatment for a cut, and punched another as they arrested him on Mona Street last Friday (9th August).

The 25 year-old from Bangor pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, possessing a kitchen knife, assaulting an emergency worker and damaging a police car.

Llandudno magistrates heard McGuinness told police he was ‘psychotic’ but did not take medication. The two officers needed help from local residents to detain him.

The defence said McGuinness had intended to kill himself with the knife. His mental health had played a ‘significant part’ in what happened and he had apologised with police.

But district judge John Maxwell refused an application for bail because the offences were committed while not taking medication, despite the defendant saying he was working with the substance misuse service and getting help from his GP.

McGuinness was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday 6th September.

The North Wales Police Federation condemned the assaults. General secretary, Mark Jones, said: ”Attacks on police officers are now a daily occurrence and not the exception. This has to stop and it has to stop now.”

Temporary District Inspector for Anglesey, Ian Roberts, added: ”This is another example that highlights the daily risks officers take in the execution of their duty.”

”Members of the public assisted the officers and we, as a team, are grateful to them. Amlwch is a small community and fortunately incidents of this nature are rare.”

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