Court man was trying to keep an eye on his friend


A Banbridge man has been ordered to return to court for sentencing on 18 December.

A pre-sentence report has been ordered for Phillip Wilson (22) from Larchwood in the town who has pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting police.

His solicitor Mr Byrne said his client was in breach of a suspended sentence.

District Judge Mr Copeland commenting on the fact Wilson had originally intended to contest the charges, said, “this man has caused a lot of trouble over this case from day one.”

Mr Byrne said on the night in question his client was out with a friend who had recently lost a young son. He said Wilson was one of a few friends who had gone out to “keep an eye” on this friend.

Mr Byrne added, “This individual was still grieving and was consuming alcohol in the street when police approached him.

“Mr Wilson asked could he remove the individual.”

Wilson was released on continuing bail.