Belfast Telegraph

Fine for man who abused staff and resisted police at Belfast train station

Sheldon Donaldson abused staff at the train station.
Sheldon Donaldson abused staff at the train station.

By Alan Erwin

A railway passenger who verbally abused staff at a Belfast train station has been fined £200.

Sheldon Donaldson also resisted police attempts to put him in handcuffs and tore off an officer's body-worn camera, a court heard today.

The 28-year-old, of Wakehurst Park in Ballymena, Co Antrim, admitted charges of disorderly behaviour, resisting police and criminal damage.

Belfast Magistrates' Court was told he became abusive, shouting threats to Translink staff at Central Station on June 9.

Prosecutor Stephanie Boyd said Donaldson was arrested after ignoring warnings about his behaviour.

A defence lawyer accepted her client had taken too much to drink during an evening out in Belfast.

She said Donaldson had earlier been assaulted by someone in his group before boarding the train at nearby Botanic Station.

Police were then alerted to the disturbance and asked to remove him when it reached Central Station.

It was stressed that the body-worn camera was able to be reassembled.

Giving credit for the guilty pleas, Deputy District Judge Gerard Trainor imposed total fines of £200, plus a £15 offender levy.

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