Young woman was disorderly three times


A young woman who committed three different disorderly behaviour offences on the same day was put on probation last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Raquel Morais, Westland Road, Portadown, had pleaded guilty at a previous court and the case was adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

She admitted disorderly behaviour at the Meadows Shopping Centre on May 2 last year, at the junction of High Street and Castle Street and at Ballyoran Park.

The court heard that around 10.40pm security staff at the Meadows reported two young females causing problems outside the centre. Both were intoxicated, smashing bottles on the road and shouting loudly.

As police were dealing with the other person Morais appeared at the rear passenger side window of the police car and banged on the window.

She then ran into the road in front of the police vehicle and had to be escorted off the road. She did this on two more occasions.

Police brought the other person home and while they were speaking to her mother Morais came to the address. She started banging on the door and shouting loudly.

She was escorted to the end of the street and this time she left.

A solicitor representing the defendant said this was ‘ridiculous behaviour’. Police had escorted her friend home because she was the more intoxicated of the two of them.

But, he added, Morais has not come to police attention since.

District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, said this was “despicable” behaviour.

She put Morais on probation for 12 months warning her that if she failed to co-operate with probation the matter would be referred back to court and the order replaced with a period of custody.

“You are being given a chance to put your life back on track,” said the judge.