Tried to flag down car in middle of street thinking it was a taxi

Jonathan Gibson appeared at Carndonagh District Court
Jonathan Gibson appeared at Carndonagh District Court

A man who stood in the middle of the road and tried to flag down a car thinking it was a taxi was fined £275 at Craigavon magistrates Court on Friday.

Daniel Duffy (30), of Kilwilke Road, Lurgan, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and jaywalking on April 20 this year.

The court heard that Duffy was standing in the middle of two lanes of traffic in William Street, Lurgan, close to midnight on Easter Sunday.

Police tried to get him to move but he refused and they had to remove him physically. He refused to give them his details and used abusive language.

A defence solicitor said Duffy had been drinking for most of the day. He had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

District Judge Mervyn Bates noted the “level of vitriol” he hurled at police and said there was no excuse for this. However, he also noted that the defendant was a young man with a clear record. For disorderly behaviour he fined him £200 and for jaywalking £60. However, he refused him legal aid, saying he was in well-paid employment.