I hope jail shuts you up says Magistrate

Craigavon Court House. INLM0311-117gc
Craigavon Court House. INLM0311-117gc

A 28-year-old man who made ‘reprehensible’ and ‘disgusting’ remarks to police was sentenced to a total of eight months in prison last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Samuel Herron, Westland Road, Portadown, was given three months for disorderly behaviour and a concurrent four month term was imposed for resisting police.

A suspended sentence of four months was also put into operation, to run consecutively, making a total of eight months.

The court heard that on May 24 this year Herron was disorderly at Westland Road and after he was warned about his behaviour he continued to be aggressive. He was arrested but resisted police.

A barrister representing the defendant said Herron’s main problem was with his record. He had received a four month suspended sentence in October.

The lawyer explained that Herron had been in a very destructive relationship with a young lady but the silver lining was that both parties had gone their separate ways. Herron was in a new relationship and things were a lot brighter.

He added that police were carrying out a drugs search at Herron’s home. He had taken alcohol the night before and was not in a good state of mind.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said he did not have a great deal of sympathy for the defendant given the things he said to the police officers.

The barrister said some of Herron’s comments were ‘disgusting’ and ‘appalling’ and his client understood that.

Judge Bates said there was disorderly behaviour where someone was shouting or swearing but it was different for Herron in this case.

He added that the remarks made to police officers were ‘reprehensible and beyond reason’ and he was not going to repeat them in court.

The judge said that having been given a suspended sentence within four months Herron was back in court.

Imposing immediate custody the judge told the defendant, “I hope this has the effect of shutting you up in the future.”

Herron’s barrister applied for bail to appeal against the sentence and he was released on his own bail of £400 pending the appeal.