Outrage after man spat in policewoman’s face in Ballymena town centre

Ballymena Court

THE parents of a Ballymena man are “outraged” over his behaviour in the town centre when he spat in the face of a policewoman, the local Magistrates Court heard.

David James Crawford (20), of Old Park Avenue, committed offences on January 20 this year.

He pleaded guilty to being disorderly at Broughshane Street in the town; causing criminal damage to a door and assaulting a police officer.

A prosecutor said that around midnight the “highly intoxicated” defendant had been removed from The Spinning Mill pub and was shouting abuse and had his fists clenched.

He was spitting and a police officer had her face spat upon.

Crawford damaged a door at a nearby business premises and was arrested and taken to Antrim Police Station.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant’s mother and father were in court and they were “outraged” by what had happened.

The court heard the defendant had not been taking prescription medication in the appropriate manner which was a “lethal cocktail” when mixed with alcohol.

Mr Law said Crawford wished to apologise to door staff, police and the owner of the business which was damaged.

It was said the defendant had “straightened himself up” and has a part-time job.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the incidents on the night in question had been “outrageous”.

Crawford was fined £300 and has to pay £100 compensation to the police officer and £150 to the owner of the damaged door.

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