Man had been at Christmas Market in Belfast but 'festive cheer' left him on train journey to Ballymena

Man had been at Christmas Market in Belfast but 'festive cheer' left him on train journey to Ballymena

A DEFENCE solicitor said a man who was disorderly at Ballymena Train Station had earlier been at the Christmas Market in Belfast but "festive cheer" had evaporated.

Mark McClelland (35), a refuse collector, of Parklands in Ballymoney, admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour in relation to after 9pm on December 11 last year.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court police were tasked to a report of an incident on a train.

Staff said the defendant had been shouting and swearing.

McClelland was removed from the train at Ballymena and he ignored requests to stop shouting and swearing.

He "calmed considerably" whilst in a police vehicle and was "de-arrested".

Defence solicitor Garrett Greene said the defendant "failed the attitude test".

He said the defendant had been at the Christmas Market in Belfast with his wife but "on the journey between Belfast and Ballymena festive cheer had left them".

Following a "disagreement", the solicitor said the defendant had kept shouting: "What have I done wrong?"

The defendant was fined £300.

Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop said the defendant, who had a previous record, is "treading on thin ice".