Man admits spitting in police cell van

Man admits spitting in police cell van

A MAN has admitted spitting in a police cell van.

Mark Kennedy (34), of 'no fixed abode' but formerly with addresses in Larne, committed the offence on November 17 this year.

Ballymena Magistrates Court (main picture) also heard that in April this year he stole items worth £4 from a shop in Ballynure.

Meanwhile, the defendant had stolen bed linen worth £50 from B&M Bargains in Larne in June this year.

The court heard the defendant is the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

A defence barrister said the defendant had drugs issues but is engaging with a "substitute programme".

District Judge Nigel Broderick said: "When someone is on a SOPO with no fixed abode that is a worry".

The defendant was given £500 bail to live at an address to be approved by police and the case was adjourned to December 2.

With the address to be approved by police, the judge added: "I'm not happy letting somebody who has committed criminal offences back on the streets, when they are subject to a SOPO, without a proper address."