Man claimed he 'screamed' at police in Ballymena about cuffs because his hands had been injured in a 'paramilitary-style attack'

Man claimed he 'screamed' at police in Ballymena about cuffs because his hands had been injured in a 'paramilitary-style attack'

A MAN with a Ballymena address who began to "scream and shout" about handcuffs had "pre-existing injuries to his hands from a previous paramilitary-style attack," a defence barrister said.

Nicolas Donnelly (29), of Carndale Meadows, was sentenced on charges of being disorderly; resisting police and possessing cocaine at Chichester Park East in Ballymena on December 2 last year.

Ballymena Magistrates Court heard police had been called in relation to a "concern for safety" regarding the defendant and it was then discovered there was a bench warrant.

When arrested he became disorderly and after complaining about the handcuffs, according to a prosecutor, officers checked the handcuffs and there was "nothing remiss".

He was in possession of three grammes of cocaine.

The defence lawyer said at the time of the offences the defendant had a "plethora of drug and alcohol issues" but the defendant has made "concerted efforts" to turn his life around and "has, it seems, stepped away from alcohol and drug abuse".

The court heard the defendant is also now a scaffolding firm worker.

The defendant was given two years Probation and Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes said that would give Donnelly  "access to all sorts of facilities and treatment programmes".

The judge added: "You could go to your GP until the cows come home and you wouldn't get in any of these programmes. So if you are genuinely trying then this is your best best."

  • Main picture: General image of handcuffs.