A Limavady man who came to police attention just five minutes into 2019 has been ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work and has also been put on Probation for 18 months.
Craig Ferguson (27) of Sperrin Road, was disorderly and assaulted police before being caught with cocaine at a Portrush nightclub on January 1.
He appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on February 4 and admitted possessing a Class A drug, assaulting police, disorderly behaviour and resisting police.
The court heard how Ferguson was “making a nuisance of himself” at the carpark at Kelly’s and after becoming involved in an altercation with two females he told police to “F**k off” and placed his hands on a policeman’s chest and started to scream expletives.
After being given a final warning Ferguson shouted and was arrested. While being taken to a police vehicle he attempted to headbutt an officer and struggled violently, the court was told.
During a search of Ferguson’s wallet, cocaine was found.
During a police interview the defendant said he had two bottles of wine and some beer in Limavady before going to Kelly’s and couldn’t remember the incidents at the nightclub.
A defence barrister said Ferguson was “mortified” by his behaviour.
Deputy District Judge Peter Magill said it was clearly a case of “drink in, sense out”.
He added: “These are serious matters; putting you in breach of a suspended sentence. But you have pleaded guilty which shows remorse and apologised to police when sober.”