Man avoids prison af­ter he ‘squared up’ to po­lice

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY NEVIN FAR­RELL

A MAN who was be­ing dis­or­derly on a street on the day he lost his job asked po­lice when ar­rested: “Will I get a cup of tea?”

How­ever, in­stead of go­ing qui­etly to the sta­tion, Gary Adam McCul­lough (24), of Knoc­k­een Road, Bal­ly­mena, then strug­gled while be­ing placed in a PSNI car.

At Bal­ly­mena Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, the de­fen­dant pleaded guilty to two charges — dis­or­derly be­hav­iour and re­sist­ing po­lice — aris­ing out of the in­ci­dent at War­ing Street, Bal­ly­mena, on Septem­ber 19.

A pros­e­cu­tor said po­lice ar­rived at an ad­dress fol­low­ing a re­port of a man car­ry­ing a metal bar and climb­ing a fence.

McCul­lough “ag­gres­sively squared up” to po­lice and swore, and when ar­rested and cau­tioned he en­quired about what would hap­pen when he got to the sta­tion, ask­ing: “Will I get a cup of tea?”

McCul­lough’s so­lic­i­tor said the in­ci­dent hap­pened on the day the de­fen­dant lost his job af­ter three and a half years em­ploy­ment and he “re­sorted” to drink.

He was given three months in jail, sus­pended for 18 months.

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