A MAN who had gone to Coleraine police station in response to a breach of bail was found sleeping outside and had "cut off" his electronic monitoring tag.
When a charge of stealing the tag was read to Steven Moore (28), of Oakley Street in Belfast, at Ballymena Magistrates Court he responded to the court clerk: "I'll give you the £180 if you want it".
The tag offence happened on June 21 this year.
On April 6 this year following a two vehicle collision on the M2 motorway near Antrim the defendant was escorted by police from a vehicle which was stopped in the fast lane and on the hard shoulder he lost his balance, was confused and was unsteady on his feet.
He threw a cannabis grinder over a barrier which was later found by a police dog.
The defendant attempted to damage a police vehicle and when taken to custody he was found with £20 worth of cannabis but refused to provide a blood sample.
Whilst in police custody he was allowed to make a call and smashed the phone.
In August last year police were aware Moore was wanted in connection with his bail and at Rockfield Park in Cargan he struggled with police causing an officer's covid protective mask to fall off.
A defence barrister said the defendant had a "very troubled and toxic relationship" with an ex-partner and had "mental health" and addiction issues.
The lawyer said the defendant was "struggling with a lack of contact" with his children.
Regarding the Coleraine incident the lawyer said when Moore found the police station "closed" he had decided to sleep on the street until it opened.
He had been drinking and the tag was missing.
District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant, who appeared before court via video link from prison, that he had previously given an undertaking to the court he would "mend" his ways but that that not happened.
Moore was jailed for nine months and banned from driving for a year.
- Main picture: Coleraine Police Station. Picture: Google Maps.