DUP man's son warned by judge after sixth disorderly behaviour conviction
A DUP councillor's son has been told he is climbing the criminal ladder after he was convicted of disorderly behaviour for the sixth time.
Chef Aaron Fielding (20), whose father is Causeway Coast and Glens councillor Mark Fielding, was found to have been disorderly on Portstewart Promenade on September 25 this year.
The defendant, from Cromlech Park in the seaside town, has been ordered to carry out 120 hours' community service for his offending on a night out in the resort.
At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday, Judge Liam McNally also fined Fielding £100, and revealed it was his sixth disorderly behaviour conviction.
The judge said the defendant was not learning from his offending and was now climbing the criminal ladder.
A prosecutor told the court police saw Fielding sitting on a footpath with no top on at 1.55am and the defendant was very drunk and was shouting loudly.
He had a cut to his eye and said he had been assaulted. While attempting to leave, he told police he was going to find the person who attacked him and "assault him back", and continued to be disorderly.
Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey said his client had been before the courts on numerous occasions in his early and late teens but has been to catering college and works full-time as a chef, and on the date in question was out with work colleagues.
The solicitor said the group were outside a chip shop and a male was being aggressive and attacked Fielding because he was the smallest in the group, causing a fractured rib and a scar on his face.
He said Fielding was arrested because he wouldn't calm down, but "having had seven bells knocked out of him he was rather agitated".
Fielding has convictions for football hooligan-related incidents. Earlier this year he was given a one-year conditional discharge when he admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour in connection with an Irish League game between Coleraine and rivals Ballymena United.
In a separate case, Fielding appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court in April, which heard there was tension between rival football fans after they left a Boxing Day derby at Ballymena Showgrounds in 2014.
Police observed around 200 rival supporters on opposite sides of the road in the Broughshane Street area, and Fielding was taunting opposition supporters by shouting abuse at them and at police.
A prosecutor said Fielding's "provocative foul language" drew him in particular to the attention of police. A defence solicitor said his client had a record, but the court did not hear any specific details regarding the background to convictions Fielding had for disorderly behaviour and resisting police, which arose from his yobbish behaviour after a Coleraine versus Shamrock Rovers Setanta Cup game in the Co Derry town in 2013, which landed him a £300 fine.
The solicitor told the April court Fielding had gone "completely off the rails" in 2012/13 but was now working in a restaurant and was made employee of the month on one occasion.
The solicitor said historically there were problems involving fixtures between Ballymena and Coleraine, but said Fielding would have described his actions on Boxing Day as "banter", although the solicitor accepted he got carried away.