Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Man sentenced for urinating against Belfast church

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A man who urinated against the side of a north Belfast church was given a suspended jail sentence today.

Peter Mabbitt-Campbell pleaded guilty to indecent behaviour and a separate charge of disorderly behaviour.

The 20-year-old, of Inverary Avenue in the city, was arrested after being spotted urinating against the Indian Community Church on Clifton Street last Friday night.

Defence counsel Luke Curran told Belfast Magistrates' Court Mabbitt-Campbell had been drinking and was caught short while walking home.

Responding to District Judge Mervyn Bates' description of the chosen location as being "particularly offensive", the barrister stressed his client had not realised it was a church.

"He said he went off the main street and after police told him that's what the building was he was taken aback," Mr Curran stressed.

"He's particularly apologetic for that, he's absolutely adamant there is no suggestion he knew or singled out that building."

The disorderly behaviour charge related to an incident involving police at Bradbury Place, south Belfast in January.

A prosecution lawyer said Mabbitt-Campbell deliberately got in the way of officers, shouting abuse and swearing at them.

"He attempted to lash out, shouting 'You can't f****** touch me'," she added.

Judge Bates told Mabbitt-Campbell the four days he has been in custody since the urinating incident should be a "short, sharp shock" to him.

Imposing one month in custody for that offence, and a further four months for the disorderly behaviour, he suspended both sentences for two years.

The judge warned him: "If you offend again you will certainly be in custody for a long time."

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