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Drunk golf fan Jonathan Banks 'demanded lift from police'

By Nevin Farrell

A drunk golf fan who had earlier attended the NI Open at Galgorm put in a below par performance when he turned up at nearby Ballymena Police Station and demanded a lift.

Jonathan Samuel Banks (33), of Old Park Road, Ballymena, arrived at the station at 10.30pm on August 13 this year, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

A prosecutor said the defendant was extremely abusive, was shouting that he wanted a "f*****g lift", and swung a punch at a police officer.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said his client "had nothing at all against the police" and wished to apologise. He added the defendant had now "come to his senses" and quit alcohol.

District Judge Peter King told the defendant: "You are somebody with a huge amount of potential.

"You need to harness that, otherwise, you are going to become a repeat customer here".

He ordered Banks to do 100 hours of Community Service.

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