Man claims he took sleeping tablets so he would not have to look at ‘four walls’ all night in police cell

FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsAppAn Antrim man who admitted breaching his bail on Christmas Night said he then took six sleeping tablets in anticipation of being arrested so he would not have to “look at four walls all night” in a police cell. Gerard Gillan (19), of Valiant Court, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday December 27. He […]

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Ballymena Court.

An Antrim man who admitted breaching his bail on Christmas Night said he then took six sleeping tablets in anticipation of being arrested so he would not have to “look at four walls all night” in a police cell.

Gerard Gillan (19), of Valiant Court, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday December 27.

He was on bail after being charged with the burglary of the Baan Thai restaurant at Church Street in Antrim where he allegedly took £40 worth of alcohol on September 5 this year.

The court heard the defendant breached his 10pm curfew on Christmas Night and he was arrested in the early hours of Boxing Day but had to be taken to hospital because he said he had taken a number of sleeping tablets, before being released back to police custody.

A defence lawyer said Gillan had been late returning home from his grandmother’s in Belfast and had phoned those responsible for monitoring electronic tagging equipment.

The lawyer said the defendant then took six sleeping tablets as he “anticipated a long night and he would be better sleeping than looking at four walls all night”.

The court heard the defendant had a number of bail breaches but District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would re-admit Gillan to bail.

He said the defendant was not doing himself “any favours”.

The case was adjourned to January 22.

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