Shouted abuse at police as he blocked road

A 27-year-old was sentenced to a total of five months in prison when he appeared by way of videolink at Craigavon Magistrates Court last Friday.

Jamie Samuel Doonan, Oaktree Manor, Waringstown, was given three months for disorderly behaviour on April 17 this year.

A concurrent three month term was imposed for assault on a police officer and a concurrent one month sentence for jaywalking.

Two months of a four month suspended sentence were also put into operation, to run consecutively, making a total of five months in custody.

The court heard that on April 17, just after midnight, police received a report of a drunken male causing a disturbance at Main Street, Waringstown.

They saw Doonan at the forecourt of a garage, lying beside a phone box. He staggered across in his socks, with his trainers lying beside the phone box.

He was told to calm down but continued shouting and walked up the middle of the road. He continued to shout and swear, and was blocking one lane of traffic. Doonan was warned again to calm down but told police to ‘f—k off’ and, when he was arrested, attempted to head-butt an officer.

A solicitor representing the defendant said Doonan had no memory of what happened and was on his way home when he came to the attention of police. He had taken too much alcohol and his previous offences stemmed from alcohol abuse.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said this was not as serious as some of Doonan’s previous convictions.