Police chased man who discarded baseball bat in grass area at Ballee in Ballymena

Police chased man who discarded baseball bat in grass area at Ballee in Ballymena

POLICE attending an incident in Ballymena saw a man discarding a baseball bat in a grass area at Ballee Way as he ran off.

A prosesecutor said "no complaint" had been made in relation to the initial matter but police pursued on foot and Bailie Lorimer Young (21), of Drumtara, Ballymena, was arrested and he was "aggressive" and was shouting abuse.

He continued to be verbally abusive in a cell van but, concerned for his welfare, police stopped at his home to get him insulin. Young then kicked and punched an officer and "screamed abuse".

When placed in a police station cell he kicked out and struck an officer on the chest with his fist.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant apologises and was "totally ashamed".

He said the defendant had drink taken and had little recall of what happened.

The solicitor said Young is insulin-dependent and had not been taking his medication but it "seems to have been a wake up call".

He said the defendant "stopped drinking immediately" and voluntarily attended a six week counseling course and is now "drug free and drink free".

Mr Ballentine said his client has stayed out of trouble and is "engaging in more healthy pursuits, playing for a local football team".

The defendant was ordered to do 180 hours of Community Service.