Court hears Ballymena man was ‘acting a total eejit’

A DEFENCE solicitor said a Ballymena man who was disorderly in the town’s Orkney Drive on June 20 this year was “acting a total eejit”.

Bailie Young (20), of Hillside Park, admitted being disorderly; assaulting and resisting a police officer and possession of cocaine.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court police had been dealing with another incident when approached by the defendant who was intoxicated and aggressive as he confronted police.

He was swearing and threatened to headbutt a constable and ignored requests from officers to calm down.

When arrested he struggled and whilst in custody a small bag of white powder was located in his clothing which the defendant said was cocaine, according to the prosecution lawyer.

The defence solicitor said Young asked him to apologise for his actions.

To put it in the words of his client, the solicitor said, the defendant was “acting a total eejit” on June 20 and should not have intervened with police.

The solicitor said that during lockdown with too much time on his hands the defendant took alcohol but employment has now been reinstated.

District Judge Peter King fined the defendant £375 for acting in an “appalling and boorish way”.

He said it was the sort of behaviour which no employer wanted to read about in the media.

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