Man who left workers traumatised appears in court

A man, who left shop workers traumatised, appeared in court after being charged with disorderly behaviour on the Bushmills Road in Coleraine.  

The defendant, Sean Neil Philip Owens, a 35 male from Linenhall Street, Ballymena, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on October 12. 

The sentencing took place at the North Antrim Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ballymena.  

The Crown Prosecution Service Solicitor said that the police were called to Bushmills Road, Coleraine at 6:43pm on September 15, 2020.  

He was alleged to have stood, holding alcohol “in the middle of the road and preventing cars from entering Bushmills Road”.  

After being refused alcohol, Owens is believed to have verbally abused staff from a nearby off licence.  

The staff told the police that they were “traumatised” and “intimidated” after the incident.  

It is believed that when arrested he refused to provide the police officers with his identity.  

He is said to have created more disturbance inside the police vehicle. He did not physically assault any police officers.   

Defence solicitor, Garrett Greene, told the court that he was “drunk and cannot remember much of the incident”.  

The defence solicitor also added that he “wishes to apologise”.  

When questioned by District Judge, Peter King, on the defendant’s criminal history, the court was told that he had “Nothing recent on his file” and “No previous convictions”. 

The judge ordered Owens to pay a “£200 fine” to be paid within six months.