Man shouted at parade marshal in Ballymena

Ballymena Court.

A court has heard a Ballymena man who called a band parade marshal a “f–king Orange b–tard” had also been commended by a bar worker for helping to stop pub patrons singing “sectarian songs”.

Brian Patrick Kelly (42), of Hugomont Park, admitted being disorderly in the town on May 19 this year.

At an earlier session of Ballymena Magistrates Court a prosecutor said the disorderly behaviour was “aggravated by hostility”.

The defendant was back in court for sentencing on October 18.

A prosecutor said police were carrying out parade duties on May 19 when a drunk male shouted “you f–king Orange b–tard” at a parade marshal.

A reference was handed into the court from a person who works in a bar who knows the defendant.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the letter was hand written and he asked a police officer to verify if it was genuine.

The case was passed for a short time and later in court the officer confirmed the letter had been penned by the bar worker.

The court heard the bar worker’s correspondence said the defendant had asked customers to stop singing “sectarian songs”.

A defence lawyer said his client wished to apologise to the court and to those on the “receiving end of the unacceptable remarks” he made on May 19 and that the defendant was “deeply ashamed”.

The lawyer said the contents of the bar worker’s letter seemed to indicate that the disorderly behaviour incident was “out of character”.

Judge Broderick said he noted the defendant had helped “diffuse a sectarian situation” but then he got involved in a similar situation which was “contradictory”.

The judge said he had seen both sides of the defendant, good and bad.

Judge Broderick said the finding of hostility in the case was an aggravating feature which would be recorded on the court record.

He ordered the defendant to do 80 hours of unpaid work.

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