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Whitesnake fan fined for kicking off after Belfast rock concert

A rock fan who kicked and swore at police outside a Whitesnake concert was fined £400 on Friday.

William Hawthorne drunkenly struggled with officers called to the scene near the Odyssey Arena in Belfast last month, a judge was told.

The 35-year-old, of Oval Court in the city, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour, assaulting a PSNI constable, and resisting police.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard how officers were called to the Odyssey on May 16 over an incident involving a man trying to get into the concert.

A prosecution lawyer said Hawthorne was in a drunken state and shouting abuse.

He was arrested for disorderly behaviour but continued to struggle.

"As he tried to pull away he stumbled and fell into a crash barrier," the lawyer added.

The court was told he later kicked a police officer in the hand.

Defence counsel John Dowey said Hawthorne had done more damage to himself by resisting.

The barrister added that his client had little or no memory of the incident after going to the Whitesnake concert with his partner.

"It was the first time he had been out in three years and had taken alcohol," he told the court.

"He wishes to apologise to the officers involved."

Imposing total fines of £400 and binding him over to keep the peace for 12 months, the judge gave credit for the guilty plea.

But he told the defendant: "It was a nasty incident. Your behaviour was appalling Mr Hawthorne. Too much drink was taken."

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