Man was ‘completely out of it’ after wetting baby’s head

Ballymena Magistrates Court

A man was “completely out of it” and shouting at 2am at Ballyclug Mews in Ballymena after wetting a baby’s head at a Christening Party held by a friend, the town’s Magistrates Court heard.

Richard Carlin (44), of Chichester Park East, came to police attention on Thursday and appeared at court later that day.

A prosecutor said police responded to a report of a man shouting in the Ballyclug Mews area and they could smell intoxicating liquor from Carlin which meant he was in breach of bail conditions.

The bail conditions are connected to charges of causing criminal damage to plants and plants pots and being disorderly at Clarence Street in Ballymena on June 19 this year.

Regarding the same date he was also charged with assaulting a police officer.

A police officer told Thursday’s Court, the Ballyclug incident was the third breach of bail in the last month.

The officer said Carlin had been arrested at Portrush on July 20 due to breaching the alcohol condition and on August 6 he had been found drunk at the side of a road in Ballymena.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said Carlin had stayed out of Clarence Street as part of his bail.

The lawyer said Carlin’s friend had a Christening Party in the BT Club in Ballymena on Wednesday and when police came across the defendant at 2am on Thursday he had been shouting outside his friend’s house to see if he was at home.

The solicitor said Carlin had taken a “few drinks” to celebrate the birth of a child.

Regarding the Portrush incident, Mr Ballentine said Carlin had a “can of beer along with a fish supper”.

District Judge Peter King said not only had Carlin been in breach of the alcohol condition on August 22 but he was being a “nuisance” to residents.

The judge said Carlin had produced a drink reading of 126 – almost four times the legal limit – when police carried out a test to detect the presence of alcohol.

He told the defendant: “You were completely out of it”.

Judge King said he would re-admit Carlin to bail but increased the sum to £750 and there is also a night time curfew.

The case was adjourned to September 12.

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