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British soldier fined £150 for disorderly behaviour during Belfast night out

By Alan Erwin

Published 02/09/2015

A British soldier was fined £150 today for behaving disorderly during a night out in Belfast.

Nathan Johnston became abusive and started shouting at police who quizzed him about a fight in the city centre last month, prosecutors said.

The 20-year-old, of Hornbeam Road in Dunmurry, was said to have told officers: "I did f*** all, check your CCTV."

Johnston admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour at Donegall Place as he appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court.

A member of 1 Armoured Medical Regiment currently based in Germany, he has been on sick leave since the incident on August 5.

Defence barrister Michael Boyd said Johnston has got himself into drink-related "scrapes".

"He realises he's putting his employment in jeopardy," the lawyer said.

Mr Boyd stressed, however, that Johnston had not been involved in the fight outside a nightclub.

"Police arrived and he decided, as he put it, to mouth off to police as he felt they were picking on his friend," he said.

Deputy District Judge warned the defendant he was putting his army career at risk.

Imposing the fine, he added: "On one interpretation you were simply trying to point out to police they had got the wrong end of the stick and all they had to was check CCTV.

"(But) you went beyond a merely concerned citizen."

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