Police saw men ‘squaring up’

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When police saw two men squaring up to each other in Gilford they told them to go home but one of them refused and continued to shout and swear.

Eamon O’Hanlon (31), whose address was given as High Street, Gilford, admitted disorderly behaviour on October 19 this year and was sentenced last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court.

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

A public prosecutor said that at approximately 1.30am in High Street, Gilford, police saw two men squaring up to each other in an aggressive manner.

They were told to leave the area but O’Hanlon refused and continued to shout and swear while being aggressive towards police.

His was given a final warning but continued with his behaviour and was arrested for disorderly behaviour.

A barrister representing O’Hanlon said the report showed he had fairly difficult upbringing and was using alcohol as a coping mechanism.

He added that the defendant had recently completed a combination order successfully.

The barrister said O’Hanlon was no longer in employment and drank through boredom so community service may provide some structure to his life. He had a substantial record.

District Judge Amanda Brady imposed 100 hours community service.