‘Hypervigilant’ man fined £250 after getting violent in alleged dispute over ‘two pence’

An alleged dispute over two pence in a shop has led to a man being fined £250 and having to pay £100 compensation to a victim.

Peter Joseph Brackenridge (56), of Princess Street in Portrush, was at Coleraine Magistrates Court for sentencing on charges of common assault, disorderly behaviour and resisting police.

The court heard that on June 5 last year the defendant was “arguing” with a shop assistant in Portrush who was put in fear of assault after Brackenridge “struck out”.

When police arrived he was pushing and struggling and “throwing himself” onto the ground as officers attempted to arrest him.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said the defendant exhibited “hypervigilence” and had other “psychotic illnesses”.

The lawyer said a dispute arose when items totalled £20.02. Mr Rafferty alleged the cashier was “holding out for the other two pence”.

Mr Rafferty said the defendant was reluctant to “break” another £20 note and had “behaved irrationally and over-reacted in the circumstances”.

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