Altercation in town centre


When police stepped in to deal with an altercation between two men one of them became very aggressive and shouted obscenities.

Jason Lunt (40), Seagoe Road, Portadown, admitted disorderly behaviour and two charges of resisting police on May 10.

For the resisting offences he was fined £100 on each charge while he was bound over in the sum of £300 to keep the peace for 12 months for disorderly behaviour.

Craigavon Magistrates Court last Wednesday heard that at 2.05am the defendant and another man were involved in an altercation in High Street, Portadown.

Police spoke to both of them but Lunt, who was intoxicated, became extremely aggressive and refused to calm down.

He lunged at the other man and police called for assistance. Lunt started shouting obscenities and was arrested for disorderly behaviour.

The defendant refused a fixed penalty and would not provide his details, demanding to be taken into custody. He pulled away from one officer and struggled with another officer.

Mr Hugo Marley, representing the defendant, said Lunt had been at a function in the local British Legion and had far too much to drink.

He would apologise for his behaviour which was totally out of character, added Mr Marley.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said this seemed to be out of character and alcohol was a contributing factor.