A Portadown man who hurled racist abuse at a couple and exposed himself to them was given a prison sentence last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
Jamie McAleenan (25), Parkside, Portadown, admitted unlawful assault on a male and female on July 7 last year, unlawful damage to a shirt and exposing his genitals to cause alarm and distress.
For each offence he was sentenced to three months in prison, to run concurrently, and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register. A two year restraining order was also imposed.
The court heard that a police mobile patrol in the Magowan Buildings car park arrested the defendant in respect of two complaints from a Portuguese male and a Lithuanian female.
When interviewed McAleenan said he had an argument with the injured party but denied assaulting him. The defendant said to police: “F—king Portuguese b—ds.”
It was alleged that the defendant approached the Portuguese male and asked him for a cigarette but was told he did not have any and said he did not want any trouble.
McAleenan acted in an aggressive manner. He grabbed the injured party’s shirt and pulled him into the car park where they both fell to the ground.
The victim tried to walk away but was again put to the ground. The female tried to separate them but she was pushed away and struck on the face.
McAleenan shouted: “Go home to your own country.”
The injured party suffered a graze to his left elbow, a sore right thumb and pain to his right leg.
McAleenan also pulled down his shorts, took his penis in his hands and waved it four or five times.
He shouted: “You are all Portuguese b—ds, go back to your own country and stop stealing our jobs.”
The female injured party was punched in the jaw and there was bruising and a small cut to her tongue.
When interviewed the defendant said he had no recollection of the incident because he had drunk about 30 beer and vodka.
A barrister representing McAleenan said this was a ‘moment of madness for this young man’.
He explained that this day the defendant had been at a GAA match in Armagh and was heavily intoxicated. The offences were entirely out of character.
The lawyer said his client had previously received 100 hours community service for disorderly behaviour and criminal damage offences last year.
He explained that the offences were alcohol related and McAleenan accepted he demonstrated hostility towards the two injured parties who were known to him.