Man was disorderly in Ballymena after 'locals found out he was from Coleraine'

Man was disorderly in Ballymena after 'locals found out he was from Coleraine'

A DEFENCE solicitor told a court a man became disorderly after words were exchanged in Ballymena when "locals found out" he was from Coleraine.

Details emerged at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, where Matthew Hartin (19), of Glengorm Avenue, Coleraine, was ordered to do 60 hours of Community Service.

The defendant pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour.

A prosecutor said police received a report around 9.30pm on May 28 this year of an "ongoing fight" at Thomas Street in Ballymena.

Police saw the defendant shouting and swearing and he appeared intoxicated.

The defendant was calmed down by a friend and they left the area but five minutes later police saw Hartin "pushing and shoving" his friend and when he refused to stop shouting and swearing he was arrested.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said: "It appears that he and his friend were drinking in a bar in Ballymena and I think when the locals found out they were from Coleraine certain words were exchanged.

"Then they made their way onto the street and for some reason he and his friend then started to argue."

The court heard "drink was a problem" but the defendant has now "totally stopped alcohol" and hopes to join the army next year "which will provide a purpose and a structure to his life".

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: "This is your third conviction now for disorderly behaviour so you need to understand that if you continue down this road you will end up going to prison".