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Man fined £1,000 for Craigavon house party Covid breach

Officers arrived to find 17 people at the property - all from different households - who had travelled there for a 21st birthday bash

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A man who travelled to Craigavon for a 21st birthday house party has been fined £1,000 for breaching Covid regulations.

Court heard that any of those present were handed fixed penalty notices but the 21-year-old was not eligible, having previously breached restrictions

Thomas Anthony Nolan, of Adelaide Avenue in Whitehead, pleaded guilty to one count of contravening Covid restrictions at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, via videolink from Maghaberry.

Prosecution outlined that this referred to an incident on February 12, this year, in which police were called to reports of a party at a house on the Lough Road, Craigavon.

Officers arrived to find 17 people at the property, all of whom were from different households.

It was established that the group had rented the house for the weekend and were celebrating a 21st birthday party.

Many of those present were handed fixed penalty notices but this defendant was not eligible, having previously breached restrictions.

District Judge Bernie Kelly commented that Nolan had shown an “uncaring attitude” and had travelled to the area from Carrickfergus.

A forthwith warrant was made in relation to a fine of £1,000 for the offence, due to the defendant being in custody.

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