Three sentenced for their part in town centre ‘melee’


Three people who were involved in a ‘melee’ in Portadown town centre have been sentenced at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

They were Christopher George Carragher (29), Parkmore, Craigavon, Carrie Jordan (24), Princes Street, Lurgan, and Aaron Wright (27), Montague Street, Portadown.

Carragher was given a conditional discharge for two years for disorderly behaviour and common assault and ordered to pay compensation of £75. Wright was fined £150 for disorderly behaviour and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

Jordan admitted disorderly behaviour, possession of an offensive weapon, twoassaults of females and criminal damage to spectacles. She was given a conditional discharge for two years for all of the offences and ordered to pay two injured parties £75 each and £70 for criminal damage.

The court heard that on October 31, 2015 at around 1.30am, there was a disturbance at High Street in Portadown. Two females were assaulted and when interviewed, Carragher admitted disorderly behaviour while Jordan admitted she had been drinking and Wright had no recollection.

A solicitor for Wright said his client had a number of previous convictions for disorderlybehaviour. The solicitor said that Wright did not drink often but his previous offences happened when he had taken alcohol.

Mr Conor Downey, representing Carragher and Jordan, said they accepted they should not have got involved in ‘this unseemly brawl’ and were shocked by their behaviour on CCTV.