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‘Buckfast’ Man Allegedly Escaped Clutches Of Police But Was Later Found Lying Intoxicated In Coleraine Town Centre

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A man with over 130 convictions whose previous bail conditions barred him from being intoxicated in public, was allegedly spotted holding a bottle of Buckfast.
Although he escaped the clutches of police he was later found two and a half hours later lying drunk at Coleraine’s Lodge Road, Coleraine Magistrates Court was told on Monday.

Adam Raymond McDaid (23), with an address at Anderson Park, Limavady, but with a previous address as the Simon Community in Coleraine, was on bail in relation to two alleged burglaries in Portrush but following an alleged incident in Coleraine on Friday he is now also accused of assaulting two police officers and resisting one of them in the execution of their duty.

A police officer opposed bail and told Monday’s Court the PSNI were on patrol in The Heights area of Coleraine around 9pm when they observed McDaid and when he ran off he dropped a bottle of Buckfast.

Officers got hold of the “extremely intoxicated” McDaid and attempted to arrest him for a breach of bail but he punched a female officer in the chest and fled.
The court heard he was later found at 11.30pm “lying in an intoxicated state” at Lodge Road, Coleraine.

The police officer in court said McDaid had 131 convictions and he opposed bail claiming there was a high likelihood of offending and also a “terrible” bail history with 17 arrest warrants, 16 breaches of bail and two breaches of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders over the years.

The officer added: “Alcohol is his problem. When he starts drinking he starts re-offending. We are concerned he may go down that spiral”.
District Judge Paul Copeland said McDaid had an “appalling record” and asked defence solicitor Don Mahoney why his client had got “tanked up”.
Mr Mahoney said: “There is no proper rationale explanation”.

Appealing for his client to be given a chance he said McDaid was aware if he is back in court for a further alleged breach he will not have a “cat in hell’s chance” of getting out.

Judge Copeland released McDaid on the same bail terms but revoked a £250 recognisance and the case was adjourned until May 21.

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