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Markethill man who called ‘elderly’ neighbour a ‘f***ing scumbag b****’ fined £100

Defendant continued to be aggressive calling for a fight and telling officers 'let's f***ing go'

Armagh Courthouse

A Markethill man who called his ‘elderly’ neighbour a “f***ing scumbag b****” has been ordered to pay a fine of £100.

District Judge Kelly warned the 30-year-old about “choosing his words wisely” and commenting that he needed to “respect his elders”.

Christopher Orr, of Newry Street, was convicted of disorderly behaviour at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

Defence counsel told court that they had not been furnished with instructions and the defendant was not in attendance.

Proving the case, prosecution outlined that on January 9, at 12.20am, police received a report of a disturbance on Newry Street, Markethill, from a member of the public.

Upon attending the address, this defendant refused to open the door and told police to “f*** off”.

Officers then moved away from the property as they believed that the incident was escalating as Orr had begun kicking the door.

The defendant then exited the address and made his way to the police vehicle in an aggressive manner.

Orr was abusive towards police using words to the affect of “f***ing scumbag” and occupants of nearby properties were observed looking out of their windows.

Upon being warned about his behaviour, the defendant turned to return to his property but in doing so pointed to an elderly woman watching from her window and called her a “f***ing scumbag b****”.

Police once more spoke to Orr, who continued to be aggressive calling for a fight and telling officers “let’s f***ing go”.

The defendant was subsequently arrested and conveyed to Banbridge Custody Suite.

District Judge Bernie Kelly convicted Orr in his absence and ordered that he pay a fine of £100, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within eight weeks.

The defendant did later appear and made reference to the ‘elderly’ neighbour in question calling police on numerous occasions for “no reason”.

District Judge Kelly warned Orr about “choosing his words wisely” commenting that he needed to “respect his elders”.

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