'Topless' man who was 'covered in blood' in Bangor is jailed for nine months

'Topless' man who was 'covered in blood' in Bangor is jailed for nine months

A 'TOPLESS' man 'covered in blood' in Bangor who was then disorderly when police took him to the Ulster Hospital for treatment has been jailed for nine months.

Details emerged at Newtownards Magistrates Court regarding Kris Bernard McKillion (26), of 'no fixed abode' in Bangor.

He caused criminal damage to window panes; was disorderly at the Ulster Hospital and assaulted and resisted a police officer.

The court heard that around 5pm on November 15 last year the defendant was at the Imperial Bar in Bangor where he smashed two windows and was "behaving aggressively".

The damage at the bar cost £1,700 to fix, a prosecutor said.

McKillion had taken off his shirt and had gone along a street.

The defendant then had gone to the Simon Community in the town, where he was a resident, and was observed to be "covered in blood" when he arrived back.

Police arrived and saw him "topless" and "covered in blood".

He was taken to hospital to receive medical treatment to his head and wrist.

On the way to hospital he was aggressive with police, spitting at them.

At the hospital he had to be "placed on the ground" and was shouting.

District Judge Mark Hamill noted the defendant had a suspended sentence and at an earlier hearing the judge had told a defence lawyer: "You have a mountain to climb in this case and as soon as the Ulster Hospital is mentioned that mountain just got higher. It is lost in the clouds at the moment so if you can disperse the clouds you will be doing very well".

The case was adjourned to March 16.

At the March 16 court, a defence barrister said the defendant had been in custody on remand since November.

He said the defendant had "issues with alcohol" and had led a "transient lifestyle" in recent years.

The court heard the defendant had previously been given a suspended jail sentence for causing "£20,000" worth of damage to a Housing Executive property in Strabane.

Jailing McKillion, District Judge Mark Hamill said: "When you have a suspended sentence for criminal damage you do not go out and commit criminal damage."