Man threatened to report officer to ‘police chief’

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Two suspended prison sentences were imposed on a Lurgan man last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for disorderly behaviour charges.

Barry Peter Coary (32) Dill Avenue, admitted disorderly behaviour on July 25 and also pleaded guilty to a similar offence on August 11 this year.

For each offence he was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years.

The court heard that on July 25 at 3.10am police went to Dill Avenue after receiving a report of a disturbance involving two men kicking at a door.

They saw the defendant and another male walking up the street and asked them if they knew anything.

Coary became aggressive and raised his voice. He was asked to calm down and said: “F—k this, I’m reporting you to your chief.” He continued to be abusive.

On August 11 at 12.45am a police mobile patrol was in Shankill Street. On seeing the police Coary raised his right hand and made a gesture as well as shouting at them.

A solicitor for the defendant said he accepted that when he drinks he drinks to excess and this resulted in deplorable behaviour.

Imposing the suspended sentences District Judge Benita Boyd said the offences breached the custody threshold.

At the same court Coary was fined £400, with a £15 offender’s levy for driving without insurance on April 17 and £100 for not having a licence.