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Man told police to ‘f*** off’ and called them ‘black b*******’ during incident outside bar

The defendant had been restrained by security staff outside the premises when police arrived

A Lurgan man who told police to “f*** off” and called them “black b*******” after tussling with bouncers outside a local bar has been slapped with a £200 fine.

The district judge told the 51-year-old that he was concerned by the number of entries on his record for offences of a similar nature.

Robert Rooney, of Victoria Street, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on October 13, at around 12.30am, police on patrol in Lurgan observed the defendant being restrained by security staff outside the Courthouse Bar.

Rooney appeared highly intoxicated and unsteady on his feet.

Upon approaching the defendant he became aggressive and abusive towards police.

Rooney repeatedly told officers to “f*** off” and called the “black b*******”.

The defendant was told to move on by police but refused, continuing to shout and swear.

Rooney was subsequently arrested and taken to Lurgan Custody Suite, where he made no reply to caution.

District Judge Mark McGarrity commented: “What concerns me is the number of entries on your record for disorderly behaviour.

“The last time you were before this court you were fined £200 and I will be imposing the same fine.”

Rooney was ordered to pay a fine of £200, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 20 weeks.

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