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Man who shouted and swore at police on way home from drinking gets suspended sentence

The district judge warned him: 'He cannot afford another slip up or he will end up spending a period of time in custody'

A Lurgan man who shouted and swore at police on his way home from a night of drinking has been handed a suspended sentence.

Warning the 26-year-old’s solicitor, the district judge said: “He cannot afford another slip up or he will end up spending a period of time in custody.”

Caelon Oliver Curry, of Soye Gardens, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour at Craigavon Magistrates’, sitting at Lisburn, on Friday.

Prosecution outlined that on December 3 of last year, at around 2am, police were on patrol of Edward Street when they came across two males, one of which was the defendant.

Curry then began shouting and swearing at officers. This continued despite him being warned and he then proceeded to place a barrier on the road.

District Judge Steven Keown stated: “When his record starts growing like it is he really should stop doing stupid stuff like this.”

Defence solicitor Pat Vernon said: “He did leave and go to Liverpool for some time to get out of the Lurgan area. He is now working voluntarily at a job which he hopes will become full-time work.

“It has been five years since he was involved in something similar. He had been out drinking, he was on his way home in the early hours and got involved with the police when he shouldn’t have.”

District Judge Keown stated: “There has been a gap in this behaviour. This was a plea and given all the circumstances I am prepared to leave something hanging over his head.

“He cannot afford another slip up or he will end up spending a period of time in custody.”

Curry was sentenced to three months in prison suspended for two years.

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