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Armagh teenager slapped with £100 fine after ‘drunken argument’ with his friend

Journalism student told: 'You don't need to be wasting your money on fines and court fees'

An Armagh teenager who got into a row with a friend has been handed a £100 fine for the first entry on his record.

A district judge advised the 19-year-old to keep “drunken arguments” indoors from now on.

Eoin Killen, of Abbey Park, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour at the city’s Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Court heard that on May 27, at 3.10am, police were made aware of an altercation on Lower English Street, Armagh.

Officers arrived to find two males, one of which was the defendant, who appeared to have been in a fracas.

No complaints were made by either male but they were cautioned for disorderly behaviour due to the shouting and roaring which had been heard.

Defence counsel informed court that the other male in question had been issued with a caution but this was not deemed “amenable” for Killen.

He stated: “Mr Killen is a journalism student at the Belfast Met. This was a row between friends which got loud when police arrived.”

District Judge Peter King told the defendant: “You don’t need to be wasting your money on fines and court fees.

“You do now have a record. Hopefully in future, you will be able to point to how I disposed of this matter in order to explain it.”

He added: “If you have any drunken arguments do stay indoors. Once you take it outside you can get yourself into trouble.”

Killen was ordered to pay a fine of £100, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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