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Guilty plea from man disorderly at Twelfth

By Staff Reporter

Published 19/10/2016

A Ballymena man who previously told a judge he believed he was being prosecuted "because I'm a Protestant", has pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly behaviour and indecent behaviour in the Co Antrim town on The Twelfth.

Mark McPeake (50), of Drumtara, in the Ballee estate, was wearing a Union Jack T-shirt emblazoned with the words 'Proud To Be British' at Ballymena Magistrates' Court last month, when he made the claim to a judge.

He faced two charges - disorderly behaviour and indecent behaviour - relating to an incident in the George Street area of Ballymena on July 12 this year.

The annual Orange Order parade was taking place in Ballymena as part of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

At the September sitting, McPeake said he wished to contest the charges and the case was listed for yesterday.

However, at Ballymena Courthouse, the contest did not go ahead.

Instead, McPeake pleaded guilty to the charges.

McPeake was given six months in jail, suspended for two years.

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