Five are sentenced after disturbance with police in Churchill Park estate



Five people who were involved in a disturbance with police in a Portadown housing estate were all sentenced last Friday at Craigavon Court.

The offences all arose out of the melee in Churchill Park on June 24 this year.

Andrew Lucas (23) of Obins Street was given 100 hours community service for assaulting a constable and disorderly behaviour.

A solicitor for Lucas said he was not involved in the initial incident but became involved through a family nexus. When he saw police he came down to the area rather than keeping away.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said Lucas had a very limited record but had joined in against the police.

Joanne Smith (36) of Churchill Park was given four months in custody for assaulting a constable, three months for resisting and three months for disorderly behaviour. All terms were suspended for 12 months.

The court heard she had struggled with police.

Judge Bates said she had a record for a number of different offences some of them related to the possession of drugs. He also indicated that a weapon of a kind, a tin can, was used.

Patrick Wilson (21) Richmount Gardens, Lurgan, was given 180 hours community service for disorderly behaviour. During the incident he was extremely aggressive with police.

Stephen Michael Wilson (24) of Garvaghy Park was sentenced to one month in custody, suspended for 12 months, for disorderly behaviour.

He was seen to approach a constable from behind and another officer had to intervene.

Kevin Smith (39) of Ballyoran Park was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years. A barrister for Smith said he saw his sister being restrained by police and he simply lost his temper and used choice language.

He added that most of his previous convictions were for motoring and drugs related offences. Judge Bates said Smith had allowed himself to get involved in a situation which was clearly and completely out of control.




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