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Belfast Crown Court, sitting in Newry, heard Brendan McCabe struggled to cope with not working and being furloughed due to the Covid pandemic and that he turned to alcohol.

Belfast Crown Court, sitting in Newry, heard Brendan McCabe struggled to cope with not working and being furloughed due to the Covid pandemic and that he turned to alcohol.

Belfast Crown Court, sitting in Newry, heard Brendan McCabe struggled to cope with not working and being furloughed due to the Covid pandemic and that he turned to alcohol.

A 43-year old man who barricaded himself in his attic then threatened to shoot police during an alcohol-fuelled stand-off was spared jail today.

Dealing with what he described as a "lockdown incident", Judge Neil Rafferty QC made Brendan McCabe the subject of a two-year Probation Order.

Belfast Crown Court, sitting in Newry, heard McCabe struggled to cope with not working and being furloughed due to the Covid pandemic and that he turned to alcohol.


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