Man who mocks death of Stephen Carroll has case adjourned

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Lurgan man, who made reference to the death of Stephen Carroll, has had his case adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be obtained.

Paul McBride, (23), of Hill Street, pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly behaviour, assault on police and criminal damage during the sitting at Craigavon Courthouse on Friday, January 7.

The court heard that on October 17 last year, officers received a report from a member of the public of a male “going mad” on George Street, Lurgan.

After locating the defendant, it was stated that McBride made “a volatile attempt” to headbutt an officer, before biting the same officer on the left knee.

McBride was also heard mocking the death of former PSNI officer Stephen Carroll who was killed by the Continuity IRA in March 2009.

Before being taken to Craigavon Area Hospital for treatment, the defendant repeatedly spat in the police cell.

A defence barrister stated that his client wished to get the matter dealt with and that he wasn’t seeking a pre-sentence report.

However, District Judge Bernie Kelly refused on grounds that she wanted a better explanation as to why the defendant would behave in such a manner.

The case was adjourned until February 11 for a pre-sentence report to be published.

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