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Drunk nearly hit child with bottle during Orange march

By Staff Reporter

A drunk who threw a bottle which narrowly missed a child during a July 12 parade in Coleraine had been drinking since 6.30am, a court has heard.

Jordan Harding (22), of Glenshane Road, Claudy, had previously pleaded guilty to being disorderly at Railway Place.

He was in the dock at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday for sentencing.

A prosecutor said police had received a report at 2.10pm on July 12 of a highly intoxicated male smashing bottles after he had been removed from a bar.

The lawyer said one of the bottles "narrowly missed a child" in an area where families were present. A defence lawyer said it was not his client's "finest hour".

He told the court Harding started drinking at 6.30am which was "never a good idea".

Ordering the defendant to do 50 hours of unpaid work, District Judge Peter King said Harding came before the court with 14 previous convictions and added: "There may well be a thread of drink-related offending".

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