A DRUNK Portglenone man claimed he was only returning a hammer he had borrowed from elderly neighbours but police were called when another person in the area reported him for causing a disturbance as he was banging loudly on a door late in the evening on September 10 this year.
When officers arrived, Adrian Charles Hargan (52), of West Road, was outside and began loudly shouting obscenities and swearing and despite being told to calm down he was then arrested, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard on November 8.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said it had not been his client’s intention to to cause annoyance but said he had a drink problem and although he had 149 previous convictions there had been a gap in offending between 2011-2015.
The lawyer said Hargan had borrowed a hammer from a neighbour to put up a picture in his home but “drink then intervened” and whilst returning the hammer, with alcohol onboard, he was “somewhat loud” and another neighbour phoned police.
The defendant was apologetic when he awoke the next morning in a police cell, said Mr Ballentine.
The lawyer said Hargan has been speaking to the elderly neighbours every day since the incident.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said what aggravated the case was that Hargan has been banging on the door of elderly neighbours and had 149 previous convictions and he was in breach of suspended sentences.
The defendant was given a six months jail term but released on bail pending appeal.