Ballymena Court: Man called police ‘pigs’

A MAN called police “pigs” and said he didn’t like the PSNI as they were “a pile of cheeky b**tards,” Ballymena Magistrates Court has heard.

Trevor Junior Anderson (31), with an address listed as Linenhall Street in Ballymena, came to police attention in the early hours of September 2 this year.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court he was being sentenced on charges of disorderly behaviour and resisting police.

A prosecutor said at 12.50am on September 2 police were contacted by staff at the Lighthouse Hostel regarding a concern for the safety of the defendant.

Police located him at Bridge Sreet where he was under the influence.

The prosecutor said the defendant shouted “pigs”; “up the hoods, up the f**king hoods”.

The defendant continued to shout loudly and swear, saying he didn’t like police and they were “a pile of cheeky b**tards”, the prosecutor said.

The defendant was given an opportunity to return home or take help from police but when he refused assistance and continued to be disorderly he was arrested.

When officers attempted to put handcuffs on him he pulled away and had to be taken to ground.

The court heard the defendant had a record and had received a suspended sentence in Dungannon for disorderly behaviour.

The judge said he was in breach of two suspended sentences.

A defence lawyer said the defendant has a brain injury after suffering a cardiac arrest in 2019 when there was a lack of oxygen.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would like a medical report as the defendant was potentially looking at an eight or nine month sentence.

The case was adjourned to December 17.

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