Judge at Ballymena Court tells man: 'Don't go out that door thinking you have got away Scot free'

Judge at Ballymena Court tells man: 'Don't go out that door thinking you have got away Scot free'

A MAN shouted obscenities and threw bottles at people in the Ballyclug Mews area of Ballymena around 11pm on October 2 last year, the town's Magistrates Court was told.

Ryan Stirling (21), with addresses listed on charge sheets as Silverstream Court in Bushmills and James Street in Ballymena, also threw bottles at a vehicle causing damage to roof paint.

He was sentenced on charges of assault and criminal damage.

On the afternoon of September 2 last year at Larne Road in Ballymena the defendant shouted foul language at a police patrol and when searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act he continued to swear at police in earshot of members of the public including, a prosecutor said, "several elected representatives".

When put in handcuffs he kicked and elbowed police.

He bit a police officer on the hand but there was, the prosecutor said, "no lasting injury".

Limb restraints had to be applied and he had to be placed in a cell van.

He was sentenced for being disorderly; assaulting two police officers and resisting one of the officer's in the execution of his duty.

On March 10 this year he was found with five grammes of cannabis.

A defence barrister said the defendant had very little recollection of the October incident as he had been drinking.

The lawyer claimed that during the September incident a police officer had said to the defendant "I dare you" and the incident "deteriorates".

District Judge Nigel Broderick read a pre-sentence report and said: "He seems to have an attitude problem".

The judge noted that given the defendant's attitude, Probation did not think he was a "suitable candidate" for their help.

In the absence of Probation, the judge handed down a five months prison term, suspended for 18 months, saying he hoped that would act as an incentive not to re-offend.

The judge told Stirling: "Don't go out that door thinking you have got away Scot free. I do and will activate suspended sentences."