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Prison warning for man who was shouting, swearing and waving his top about outside hotel

He was warned his next disorderly behaviour offence will land in prison for at least seven months

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A Lurgan man has been warned his next disorderly behaviour offence will land in prison for at least seven months.

Court heard the 22-year-old was observed by police shouting, swearing and waving his top about outside a local hotel.

Kevin Conway, of Deeny Drive, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on March 18, police on patrol of William Street, Lurgan, observed a disturbance outside the Ashburn Hotel.

As officers approached they spotted the defendant who appeared intoxicated.

Conway was seen shouting, swearing and waving his top about.

Defence solicitor Chris Logue stated: “He has received two suspended sentences since that. You have heard the facts and I submit this is the very bottom end of disorderly behaviour.

“It would appear that Mr Conway has too many saddlebags to carry with the stress of other charge sheets in the pipeline.”

He continued: “He has handed me a letter from the hospital which shows he has made appointments with counselling and addictions.

“I have represented Mr Conway for many years and this is the first time I have been able to produce anything like that to the court.”

District Judge Greg McCourt commented: “I am going to deal with this by re-suspending the suspended sentences.”

For this offence Conway was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for three years, his previous suspended sentences of three months were also extended to this period.

District Judge McCourt stated: “This means if you appear in court again for something similar your starting point will be seven months, and you could expect another six on top of that.”

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