Man smashed Buckfast bottle off the ground


Prison sentences totalling four months were imposed on a Portadown man last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for public order offences.

Christian Barkley (22), Selshion Parade, Portadown, appeared in court by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.

For disorderly behaviour on July 16 this year he was given two months in custody.

He was sentenced to a concurrent two-month term for disorderly behaviour on August 1 and three months for assaulting a police officer.

A conditional discharge imposed at a Banbridge court was replaced with a one-month term to run consecutively making a total of four months in custody.

The court heard that on July 16 at 12.20am Barkley was seen in West Street, Portadown.

He had a bottle of Buckfast in his hand which he smashed in the road before punching the shutters of a shop. He was heavily intoxicated.

Police offered him a lift home but he told them to “f—k off”. He was warned about his behaviour but became aggressive and clenched his fists saying “f—king arrest me”.

Again he was told to calm down but he shouted louder and was arrested.

On August 1 at 1.35am police received a report of a disorderly man in West Street in the vicinity of a taxi depot.

Barkley was using abusive language towards a female and became aggressive towards her. A passer-by asked him to calm down but he became aggressive to the passer-by.

When police approached the defendant he told them to “f—k off” and had to be restrained. He was in breach of the no alcohol condition in his bail for the previous offence.

A barrister representing the defendant said all Barkley’s offences were connected to alcohol but he had now been referred to an addictions specialist for the first time.

District Judge Mr Mervyn Bates said the defendant had a bad record for this kind of offending.

Later in the court, bail was fixed at £400 for Barkley to appeal against the sentences.