Judge urges County Antrim woman to 'get on with' her neighbours

Judge urges County Antrim woman to 'get on with' her neighbours

A JUDGE told a Randalstown woman: "Whatever your difficulties, you have to get on with your neighbours and you can't be shouting at them or going towards them in a threatening manner".

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking to Gemma Laughlin (26) of Old Bleach Villas, who appeared via video link from custody at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

She admitted charges of assault; being disorderly at Old Bleach Villas and possession of Pregabalin, Xanax and Diazepam on June 17 this year.

A prosecutor said the defendant was dropped off in a taxi and shouted at a woman who was looking out of a kitchen window: "What the fuck are you looking at you nosy b*stard? I will beat the f*cking face off you".

Laughlin then approached an open door and the occupant "felt in fear" of violence and dashed to lock it, the prosecutor said.

When arrested and searched at Antrim Police Station drugs were found in the defendant's "bra".

Defence barrister Grant Powles said the defendant had spent three weeks in custody on remand.

Laughlin was given a two months prison term, suspended for a year.