Convicted sex offender deemed ‘high risk to the public’ is jailed after being drunk at a dwelling in Ballymena in presence of females

Ballymena Court

A convicted sex offender deemed a “high risk to the public” breached a Sexual Offences Prevention Order by being in the company of females whilst under the influence of alcohol in Ballymena.

Brian Edward Galbraith (52), with a Belfast address, came to police attention when he was so drunk he fell and an ambulance had to be called.

Galbraith, who was using a crutch when he appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday, via video link from Maghaberry Prison, struck a police officer on the leg with a crutch during incidents on March 8 this year.

The officer was also hit in the face during the incident.

A prosecutor said Galbraith was a registered sex offender and had appeared at Downpatrick Crown Court in 2012.

A previous court heard he had been given a nine year sentence, five of which were on licence.

As part of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order he was not to consume alcohol in public or to consume alcohol in the company of females in private dwellings.

He pleaded guilty to two breaches and also assaulting a police officer.

During the March incident in Ballymena Galbraith was at an address at Nursery Close in the company of two females over the age of 18 whilst he was under the influence of alcohol.

When arrested the defendant claimed he wasn’t fully aware of the conditions attached to the Order.

A defence barrister said Galbraith was released from prison in January this year before breaching the Order in a “multi-faceted way”.

He said the defendant was in the company of a relative and her friend.

The lawyer said there was “no suggestion that there were any inappropriate actions”.

Through Galbraith’s level of intoxication, the barrister added, the defendant had fallen and an ambulance was called.

The court heard Galbraith, who has a prison release date of 2024, had a very serious criminal record and was assessed as a “high risk and threat to the public”.

Jailing the defendant for four months for the new offences, District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a “very serious matter” as Galbraith had been given the Order on foot of a “very serious Crown Court sentence”

The judge said the defendant was assessed as posing a “significant risk of serious harm” to others.

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