Tins of soup thrown from shelves during disorder at supermarket on July 12

Sainsbury's in Ballymena

Tins of soup were thrown from shelves during disorder in the Sainsbury’s supermarket in Ballymena on July 12 this year, the town’s Magistrates Court was told.

Keith Balmer (26), of Drumtara in Ballymena, pleaded guilty to charges of causing criminal damage to shelving; being disorderly at the store and stealing food.

He appeared at court via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

A prosecutor said police were called to a report of two aggressive disorderly males in Sainsbury’s.

Crisps were taken off shelves and tins of soup were thrown from shelves.

There was swearing and shouting and spitting on the floor.

Both men were intoxicated and were arrested.

The other defendant previously had his case adjourned to the end of August.

The court was also told of another incident in which Balmer was disorderly at Broughshane Street in Ballymena on August 2 this year.

Police on patrol spotted Balmer “stripped to the waist” and standing in the middle of the road.

He was intoxicated and shouting and swearing in the direction of door staff at The Spinning Mill pub.

Defence solicitor Archie McCormick said the defendant’s problems stemmed from alcohol.

Regarding the incident outside the pub, the solicitor said Balmer had been walking down the street to go home when one particular person, not the door staff, became “very abusive” to him and “the situation got somewhat out of hand”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said Balmer had a “very poor record” and jailed him for four months.

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