Police shown mobile phone footage of man shouting 'F..king Hun' in Ballymena

Police shown mobile phone footage of man shouting 'F..king Hun' in Ballymena

POLICE were shown mobile phone footage of a man constantly shouting and screaming obscenities such as "F... you, f...king Hun" in a communal area of flats at Devenagh Way in Ballymena at 1am on June 25 this year, the town's Magistrates Court was told.

Stephen Johnston (26), of Devenagh Way, continued to shout and swear in the presence of police.

He pleaded guilty to being disorderly.

District Judge Nigel Broderick asked if the case was being prosecuted on the basis of being aggravated by reason of hostility but the prosecutor said it wasn't.

Defence solicitor Emma McCann said the defendant, who had a record, has a "very low IQ".

She added he had previously been assessed as having the "IQ of somebody around the age of 11 or 12".

On the night in question the defendant had drink taken, the lawyer said, and Johnston had then "struggled to regulate his behaviour".

She said Probation has been working with him regarding his mental health and "addiction issues".

At Ballymena Magistrates Court, Judge Broderick ordered the defendant to do 80 hours of Community Service.