Former professional footballer jailed for exposing himself to police in Magherafelt

Magherafelt Courthouse.
Magherafelt Courthouse.

A man described by his lawyer as a former professional footballer who showed his penis to police officers and asked them to “take a look at this”, was jailed for five months at Magherafelt Magistrates Court.

Alberto Venancio Madeira De Barros (31), of Killowen Drive, Magherafelt, was convicted of indecent behaviour in the town centre.

De Barros, said by his defence lawyer to have played for Norwich and Peterborough Clubs, was also convicted of assaulting police, disorderly behaviour, possessing an offensive weapon - a knife - as well as a number of motoring offences.

The court heard that the charges arose out of incidents in Magherafelt in July and October last year and January of this year.

Sentencing had been adjourned from a earlier court on a number of the charges, including the possession of an offensive weapon, for a pre-sentence report.

Recalling the town centre incident on January 19, a prosecuting lawyer said police on mobile patrol spoke to the defendant after observing him leaving licensed premises and getting into a car at Garden Street.

She said police detected a smell of alcohol inside the car while they spoke to defendant after it parked outside a chip shop in the Queen Street-Diamond area.

The lawyer said defendant told police to f**k off, and accused them of bullying him before pushing an officer on the chest.

She claimed De Barros took his jumper off and was told to calm down but continued to behave in an aggressive manner while groups of people gathered to watch.

Continuing, the lawyer said defendant then pulled his penis over his boxer shorts and told officers to “take a look at this.”

The prosecutor said defendant grabbed an officer by the neck and pulled him down and CSpray had to be used to restrain him.

Describing the incident involving the offensive weapon, the PPS lawyer said it arose out of a dispute over a barbecue.

She said when three youths called at defendant’s house he came out with a 20 cms knife and ran after them to a garden where he walked up and down stabbing the knife into a fence.

The lawyer said De Barros later told police he was frightened that his vehicle would be destroyed and denied making threats.

A defence barrister said defendant deeply regretted his behaviour and wished to apologise to the police.

He said De Barros felt that he was being targeted by a police officer and had taken that matter to the Police Ombudsman.

The lawyer said defendant was currently trying to set up his own clothing business and had been a professional footballer with Norwich and Peterborough.

He said defendant was a voluntary coach with Sky Blues and Carrick Rangers football clubs.

District Judge Alan White remarked that defendant had earlier told a completely different story and had made no mention of playing as a professional footballer.

Mr White said defendant had a significant record of motoring offences and a conviction for fraud.

He described the incident in the town centre as disgraceful and noted that the probation officer recorded that there was a high risk of reoffending. Mr White added De Barros’ attitude had left a lot to be desired.

In addition to the jail sentence, he imposed a three-month driving disqualification and £25 offender’s levy.