St Patrick's Day yob who hit cop given time to wise up
A man who hit out at a police officer dealing with St Patrick's Day disorder in Belfast risks being jailed, a judge has warned.
Conrad Sheerin (24) threw a punch after being chased from the Holylands area, the city's Magistrates Court heard.
Deferring sentencing for assault on police and resisting arrest, District Judge Fiona Bagnall decided to see if he complies with a previously imposed probation order.
But she stressed: "He's absolutely on the cusp of custody."
The defendant, of Foreglen Road in Dungiven, Co Londonderry, was detained in Belfast on March 17 this year. Prosecutors said police spotted him apparently fighting with another man.
It was claimed Sheerin then ran towards Stranmillis Embankment. He tried to get away from a policeman by punching out, the court heard.
They both fell to the ground before Sheerin got back up and headed for Carmel Street, where he was stopped again.
Defence barrister Liam McStay described it as a classic case of someone who is "hard-working and hard-drinking".
Judge Bagnall deferred the case until the end of March 2017, saying: "We will have had another St Patrick's Day and a couple of festivals to test him."