A Lurgan man who used ‘homophobic and abusive’ language was fined £250 last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for a disorderly behaviour offence.
Thirty-three-year-old Neil Hull, whose address was given as Banbridge Road, Lurgan, was also ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.
For breach of a non molestation order on August 1 he was given a conditional discharge for two years.
The court was told that at 2.05am on September 4 this year police went to Flush Place in Lurgan where they saw the defendant knocking on a door.
Hull was shouting and said he wanted to know where his dog was before shouting ‘gay b—d’.
Police checked but there was no dog at the address but Hull again shouted ‘gay b—d’ before he was put into the police vehicle.
On August 1 police received a report from the injured party saying that she had received a text from the defendant.
Hull admitted sending the text but said it had been sent in error.
Mr Felim Rafferty, defence solicitor representing the defendant, said that the drink was in when he made the comments to this individual.
He added that he did not mean to send the text message but meant to delete it.
District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, said Hull had created a disturbance and had used ‘homophobic and abusive’ language.