Jail warning for disorderly behaviour


A 39-year-old man with a ‘dreadful record’ was given 200 hours community service last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Martin Neil Ward, Moyraverty Court, Craigavon, had previously admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour which happened on June 15 last year.

The court heard that approximately 1am at Moyraverty Court the defendant was seen leaving an address and stand on the footpath at another address.

He was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred.

He told police not to be knocking on the door too loudly and then he started hitting a wooden fence with his fist, making a loud banging noise.

Ward was warned about his behaviour but said ‘I’ll do whatever I want’ and seemed to get more agitated.

He then said ‘It’s just my voice is loud’ and he was told he would be spoken to when he was sober. Ward said ‘she’s a b—h, isn’t she’.

The case had been deferred from September and the court was told during that time Ward had stayed out of trouble.

His solicitor said it was a ‘low level’ disorderly behaviour.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said this had to be taken against a ‘dreadful record’ which contained suspended sentences for similar matters.

Ward’s solicitor said he had received 100 hours community service for another offence and that was successfully completed.

Judge Bates said he was prepared to deal with this matter by way of community service but warned Ward if he breached the order he would face immediate custody.