Intoxicated man was standing shirt-less in middle road outside pub in breach of bail


A Ballymena man who admitted breaching bail by consuming alcohol came to police attention when he was spotted standing shirt-less in the middle of a street shouting and remonstrating with pub doorstaff.

Keith Balmer (26), with an address given as Drumtara in Ballymena, had been on bail whilst appealing a three months jail term he received at Ballymena Magistrates Court in July.

He subsequently appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday.

Coleraine Court heard police were driving along Broughshane Street in Ballymena around 10pm on Friday August 2 when their attention was drawn to a shirt-less male in the middle of the road shouting, remonstrating, swearing loudly and making gestures towards pub doorstaff.

At the time Balmer was on bail and one of the conditions was not to be intoxicated.

Opposing the defendant being released again on bail, a police officer said they would have concerns that if let go Balmer would not abide by the bail conditions.

Defence solicitor Archie McCormick said the bail breach was admitted.

He said the defendant had been waiting a number of weeks for a referral to an addictions team.

The court heard Balmer had ADHD and took medication for that.

Mr McCormick said the bail condition regarding alcohol meant Balmer was “always set to fail”.

Refusing bail, Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy, said the defendant had become a “a nuisance to the public”.

The case was adjourned to Ballymena Magistrates Court on August 8.

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