A DRUG addict was aggressive and shouted at staff members of a beauty salon in Ballymena, the town’s Magistrates Court heard.
Details emerged as Nicky Millar (31), of Drumtara, Ballymena, was in court for sentencing on a string of charges following a number of incidents including disorderly behaviour; possession of drugs and attempted criminal damage.
A prosecutor said that on January 8 this year at 1.45pm police attended Bronze Tanning & Beauty Salon at Cullybackey Road in Ballymena following reports from staff of an intoxicated male being aggressive and shouting at staff.
Police saw him outside at a footpath and he refused to go home and was aggressive, clenching fists. He continued to shout and swear and was arrested.
On January 19 this year the PSNI attended an address in Ballymena where the defendant was banging on the door of the property.
He was located in a shed and was incoherent and unsteady on his feet.
A quantity of drugs were seized including cannabis, diazepam and Xanax.
At 6.15pm on January 21 this year police received a report of two males causing a disturbance at Mill Mews in Ballymena.
Millar was intoxicated and aggressive.
He was told by police he was being searched and a small plastic bag of cannabis and four tablets of Pregablin were in his pocket.
When arrested he headbutted the window of police car on the way to Antrim Police Station.
In custody, seven Xanax were located in a further search.
At 4.30pm on July 17 this year police saw Millar at Queen Street in Ballymena.
He was again intoxicated and had Xanax.
After being taken to custody he “could not be roused” and a silver item was seen to be in his mouth.
The prosecutor said it appeared to be a silver foil strip containing a morphine tablet and a further morphine tablet was in a bag.
The defendant had to be taken to Antrim Area Hospital.
Defence barrister Michael Smyth said Millar had a long standing addiction problem.
He said he defendant has genuine intent to address that but “struggles to put that into effect”.
The barrister said it was Millar’s birthday the day before the court appearance and he was expecting him not to turn up at his solicitor office – but he was present and appeared via a video link.
Mr Smyth said Millar had “lost a number of close friends to drug overdoses in Ballymena in recent months and that has had an effect on the way he views his own problems.”
The lawyer claimed Millar was more of a “nuisance than a menace” to the public and asked for “one last chance”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick adjourned sentencing to February to allow Millar to go to his GP and ask for a referral to Addiction Services.
If there was a positive report in the New Year the judge said he would “look kindly” on the sentence, otherwise the defendant faces prison.