A man who kicked a policeman while under the influence of alcohol was fined and bound over to keep the peace when he appeared at Craigavon Magistrates Court on Friday.
Conal McGivern (30), of Foxgrove, Lurgan, was reported to police as being drunk and abusive at the Mace Supermarket, North Street, on April 21 this year.
The court heard the defendant was incoherent and shouted at police. He refused to provide his personal details and when officers attempted to put him into the vehicle to take him home, he lashed out and kicked a policeman on the leg.
A solicitor for the defendant said his client, who was in court with his father, was remorseful and sorry for the incident and the inconvenience it had caused to the police.
He produced a reference from a friend and neighbour which District Judge Mervyn Bates said was “glowing” and “at odds with his behaviour”.
The solicitor acknowledged the defendant had alcohol difficulties for which he had attended a number of appointments.
He added, “He comes from a supportive, decent family background. What happened was drink-fuelled. He is unlikely to reoffend.”
Judge Bates fined McGivern £150 with a £15 offender’s levy for assault.
On the charge of disorderly behaviour, he bound him over to keep the peace for 12 months.