Man fined £200 for town disturbance

A young Cookstown man who took part in a disturbance in Magherafelt town centre has been fined £200 on a disorderly behaviour charge.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 3:27 pm

Darragh McGuigan (25), of Castle Court, was also ordered to pay a £15 offender levy arising out of the incident on July 8, 2018.

A charge of damaging the wing mirror of a car against the defendant was withdrawn by the prosecution.

Prosecuting counsel said at approximately 1am police at Rainey Street observed a disturbance involving a number of males.

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He said the males were separated and their details were gathered by the police.

Counsel said review of CCTV footage from town centre cameras showed a group of males kicking the doors of businesses and the mirror of a car.

He said the group were also observed picking a fight with a group of males leaving a public house in Rainey Street.

The lawyer added McGuigan was later interviewed by police and denied kicking the car mirror but admitted being involved in the disturbance.

Defence lawyer Michael Forde stressed the incident happened almost three years ago, and McGuigan has since found full time employment and was in a steady relationship.

Mr Forde said it was clear that on this occasion the defendant had far too much alcohol consumed. He pointed out that despite no case being made against him for criminal damage he had paid £170 to the injured party.

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