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Ballymena man Gary McCullough avoids prison after he 'squared up' to police

By Nevin Farrell

A man who was being disorderly on a street on the day he lost his job asked police when arrested: "Will I get a cup of tea?"

However, instead of going quietly to the station, Gary Adam McCullough (24), of Knockeen Road, Ballymena, then struggled while being placed in a PSNI car.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday, the defendant pleaded guilty to two charges - disorderly behaviour and resisting police - arising out of the incident at Waring Street, Ballymena, on September 19.

A prosecutor said police arrived at an address following a report of a man carrying a metal bar and climbing a fence.

McCullough "aggressively squared up" to police and swore, and when arrested and cautioned he enquired about what would happen when he got to the station, asking: "Will I get a cup of tea?"

McCullough's solicitor said the incident happened on the day the defendant lost his job after three and a half years employment and he "resorted" to drink.

He was given three months in jail, suspended for 18 months.

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