A DEFENCE lawyer for a man who swore at police and gave the “fingers” claimed the incident started when the defendant and a friend were verbally abused by people on a balcony in Portrush.
Shaun Dunlop (49), of Ramore Street in the town, admitted being disorderly at Kerr Street in the early hours of July 18 this year.
A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court that police saw the defendant was unsteady on his feet.
He was shouting at people and told police to “f*ck off” and gave the “fingers”.
A defence solicitor said the defendant and a friend were “verbally abused by people from a balcony” and individuals had come down and chased the other person who was assaulted but that had not been detected by police.
Dunlop, who had 14 previous convictions, was fined £200 for being disorderly.