Judge tells Ballymena Court: ‘Police have far better things to do on the 12th of July than dealing with a drunken escapade’

Ballymena Court

A judge told a man who headbutted two PSNI officers on ‘The Twelfth’ this year: “Police have far better things to do on the 12th of July than dealing with a drunken escapade”.

District Judge Peter King was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court today where he imposed a three months prison term, suspended for 18 months, on William John Lundy (48), a cleaning supervisor of Drumtara in Ballymena, who pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting police and one count of being disorderly.

The judge said the suspended period would mean the defendant, who had a previous record, would have to remain within the law on July 12, 2020.

A prosecutor said that at 10.50pm on July 12 this year police received a 999 call that Lundy was drunk and was swearing and shouting.

When police arrived he continued to swear and shout and a baton and CS spray had to be drawn but weren’t used.

The defendant headbutted two policemen, striking one on the shoulder/chest and the other on the chest before limb restraints were applied.

A defence solicitor said the defendant had taken drink at home throughout the day and had not eaten and had no memory of what he had done.

He had spent the night in a police cell and was “very embarrassed” and wished to apologise to his neighbours for any disruption caused.

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