Judge gives man 'chance after going off the rails'
A man had "gone off the rails" and is now homeless after his criminal record meant he was unable to join the rest of his family who emigrated to New Zealand, a court heard yesterday.
Brendan William Paul Callan (31), whose address was listed as Cranfield Court, Portstewart, pleaded guilty to being disorderly at a shop at Bushmills Road, Coleraine, on Sunday.
A prosecutor said police were called after staff asked for assistance in dealing with the defendant who was intoxicated.
He had been swearing at staff and then swore at police and ignored warnings to moderate his behaviour.
Defence solicitor Don Mahoney said his family emigrated to New Zealand and "almost overnight he found himself on his own".
Handing Callan a one-year conditional discharge the judge said: "I'm going to give you a chance.
"I'm told you are making an effort to get yourself sorted out, but you have gone off the rails."