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Co Down man fined for shouting 'f*** the police' on birthday night out

By Alan Erwin

A Co Down man who shouted verbal abuse at police while out celebrating his birthday in Belfast has been fined £500.

Prosecutors said Conall King also made a gesture as if he was about to punch an officer dealing with him at Bradbury Place last month.

Appearing at Belfast Magistrates' Court, the 26-year-old admitted disorderly behaviour and assault on police.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told King, of Mountnorris in Newcastle, had been warned about a verbal outburst in the early hours of September 16.

"He continued to shout 'f*** the police'," a prosecution lawyer said.

King then had to be restrained for making a fist as if he was going to deliver a punch, the court heard.

A defence solicitor stressed the assault charge was based on an apprehension, rather than any actual physical contact.

He said his client had spent the day drinking in Belfast, celebrating his birthday with a group of friends.

It was the first time in a year that the defendant had taken alcohol, the court heard.

Describing King as coming from an "extremely" respectable background, the solicitor added: "He has no memory whatsoever of the events.

"He presents today as contrite and ashamed of the state he got himself in."

Imposing total fines of £500, District Judge Fiona Bagnall told King: "Don't find yourself back here again."

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