Drunk man staggering in the street

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A drunken man who was banging on doors in a Portadown street was bound over to keep the peace last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

William David McFarland (61) of South Street, was fined £100 for disorderly behaviour and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

He was also bound over in the sum of £400 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for 18 months.

The court heard that on July 22 this year police were notified of a drunken male banging on doors at South Street.

They saw McFarland staggering in the middle of the road and when police approached him he told them to “f—k off” and “f—king arrest me”.

He was warned about his behaviour and calmed down for a short period. Police escorted him the short distance to his house.

When he got inside his behaviour became erratic again and he started to use foul language. He was arrested and continued in the same manner on the way to Lurgan custody suite.

A solicitor representing the defendant said McFarland – who appeared in court sitting in a wheelchair – suffered from arthritis to the knees and from depression.

He explained that on the night in question he had drink taken and was in bed when two ‘so-called’ friends, who were intoxicated, called at his house.

The solicitor said there was a verbal altercation about a mutual friend who had passed away and McFarland tried to get them out onto the street.

He said that the defendant was in his pyjama bottoms and did not set out to cause trouble but ended up on the wrong side of the law.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said taking alcohol with medication was not a good thing for McFarland but he had nothing relevant on his record since 2001.