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Man who went on ‘week-long binge’ after losing job told police to ‘f*** off’

His defence said: 'He has asked that I apologise, on his behalf, to the police and anyone who was in the area at the time'

A man who went on a “week-long binge” after losing his job has been ordered to pay £150 after police had to be called to remove him from a property.

The 32-year-old’s solicitor told court: “He has asked that I apologise, on his behalf, to the police and anyone who was in the area at the time. He has no memory of the incident and this is completely out of character.”

Conor John McComb, of Drumbeg, Tullygally, pleaded guilty to a single count of simple drunk at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on August 10, police were called to a report of a domestic at Ballyoran Park in Portadown.

The reporting person said that the defendant was intoxicated in their home and refused to leave.

Officers arrived to observe McComb who appeared unsteady on his feet.

The defendant refused to speak to police, he struggled to put on his shoes before walking off.

Officers followed and observed McComb stumbling on the footpath.

The defendant continued not to respond to police telling them to “f*** off” on several occasions.

McComb was then arrested for the offence before the court making to reply to caution.

He was conveyed to Craigavon Area Hospital and was then re-arrested when he sobered up.

Defence solicitor Suin Downey stated: “His record does have some similar entries, although these are of some vintage now.

“At the time he had lost his job and went on, under his own instructions, a week-long binge.”

She continued: “He is extremely embarrassed. It took him some time to bring the summons to our office as he tried to bury his head in the sand.

“He has asked that I apologise, on his behalf, to the police and anyone who was in the area at the time. He has no memory of the incident and this is completely out of character.”

District Judge Mark McGarrity said: “I will give you credit for your guilty plea and the gap in your record.”

McComb was ordered to pay a fine of £150, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 26 weeks.

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