Bellaghy teen ‘a violent lout in drink’ says judge

Magherafelt Courthouse.
Magherafelt Courthouse.

A TEENAGER described by the District Judge as “a violent lout in drink”, appeared at Magherafelt Magistrates Court.

Patrick Johnston (19), of Beatrice Villas, Bellaghy, was placed on probation for 12 months and ordered to take part in an alcohol management programme for disorderly behaviour at Magherafelt bus station.

Johnston was also ordered to carry out 240 hours community service for assaulting two police officers.

A third charge of assaulting an employee of Trankslink was adjourned until January 15 next year to monitor defendant’s behaviour.

A prosecuting lawyer said police were called to the bus station on March 19 following a report of a young man causing a disturbance.

She said the defendant assaulted a member of staff by pushing him and hitting on the face. Lawyer said Johnston attempted to run off and was arrested by police who noted he was intoxicated.

Continuing, the prosecutor said Johnston was taken to his grandmother’s house who refused to have him and he became aggressive and assaulted two officers. He also refused to speak during subsequent interviews.

A defence barrister said Johnston has kept out of trouble since the time of the incident and appeared to benefit from engagement with the probation service.

He said defendant now had his own accommodation and was living a more stable life.