Ballymena man pleads guilty to charge of disorderly behaviour

By Kate McGowan

Sean Neil Philip Owens (35), of an address on Linenhall Street, Ballymena, pleads guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour.

Police were called to the scene on the 15th of September 2020 after reports of a man causing a dis- turbance on the Bushmills Road in Coleraine.

The Crown Prosecution stated police arrived to see the defendant “standing in the middle of the road and he was stopping cars from entering Bushmills Road.” Police reportedly described the de- fendant to be “highly intoxicated” when they removed him from the road.

After speaking to staff at a nearby off-license, police confirmed that the defendant was said to have been verbally abusive to staff and causing further disturbance when he was refused service.

The defendant initially refused to identify himself to police and when arrested, continued to behave in a disorderly manner on the way to Coleraine PSNI Station.

The defendant pleaded guilty in North Antrim Magistrates’ Court on the 12th October 2020, where he was represented by Defence Solicitor John Murphy.

The solicitor said “My client was drunk and cannot remember much of the incident. However, he wishes to apologise to the police officers.”

The defendant was fined £200.