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A Portadown man who called a neighbour out to fight and damaged his fence was given suspended prison sentences last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Alan Graham (48), whose address was given to the court as Moeran Park, Portadown, was sentenced to four months in prison for disorderly behaviour on September 29 last year and 12 months for criminal damage.

Both sentences are to run concurrently and were suspended for two years.

The court heard that police went to Moeran Park after a report of a man causing a disturbance.

Graham was alleged to have been swearing in the street and asking the 999 caller out to fight.

The injured party said Graham had come to his address and caused damage to his fence.

The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

A barrister representing Graham said he was in difficulty because of a breach of a suspended sentence but he was keen to avoid custody.

He had completed community service before.

The barrister added that this incident arose because of a dispute between a neighbour and the defendant’s wife.

Graham accepted he reacted in a totally inappropriate way.

District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, disagreed that a combination order had successfully been completed by the defendant because if it had he would not have been back in court.

She added that probation would be a complete waste of time.

Judge Kelly said it was time for Graham ‘to stand up and take responsibility for his actions’.

She said the offences were so serious there was only one penalty she could impose.

As well as imposing the suspended sentences she extended a suspended sentence the defendant previously received by a year to March 21, 2017.