Cookstown man used obscenities to officers

A young Cookstown man who used abusive language towards police officers on night duties in the town centre, was given a Conditional Discharge for 12 months at Dungannon Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, 9:35 am

Twenty-two-year-old Bence Bodak from Magheraglass Road, admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour at James St in the early hours of June 30 2019.

Counsel prosecuting said police saw the defendant repeatedly attempting to gain access to a nightclub.

While he was being escorted away he became aggressive shouting obscenities and telling police to ‘f*** off’, the lawyer said.

Counsel said police attempted to take him home in a police vehicle but he continued to be aggressive and shouted obscenities at the officers.

There was no one at his home and they left him in the care of another person, the lawyer added.

A defence solicitor explained Bodak is from Hungary and has been living in the country for 11 years and currently finds himself unemployed.

He said at the time of the offence the defendant had fallen into hard times and is now trying to sort himself out.

The lawyer stressed Bodak had little recollection of the incident before the court because he had taken excess alcohol.

Passing sentence, Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare remarked that there were no aggravating factors in the case.

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