Three charges of disorderly behaviour on the same day


A teenage girl admitted three disorderly behaviour offences which happened on the same day when she appeared last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Raquel Morais, Westland Road, Portadown, was disorderly at the Meadows Shopping Centre, the High Street and Castle Street area and at Ballyoran Park on May 2 last year.

The court heard that at approximately 10.40pm police went to the Meadows Centre after a report of two young females causing problems and smashing bottles on the ground. Both were intoxicated and started shouting at police.

Morais stood in front of the vehicle and had to be escorted off the road. She did this two more times.

While police were speaking to the other person at her address Morais came along. She began banging at the door and shouting in a residential area. She was escorted to the end of the street and asked to leave which she did.

A solicitor representing the defendant said that since these offences she had not come to police attention.

He explained that she had drink taken and her co-accused was in a more intoxicated state. She was unable to stand and police were concerned about her so they decided to bring her home.

The solicitor added that Morais was trying to look after her friend but went about it the wrong way. She should have left the police to it.

She now accepted she should not have got involved and should have let the police get on with their job, he said.

The case was adjourned until April 15 for a short pre-sentence report.