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Cliftonville Football Fan Was Aggressive At Coleraine Train Station And Shouted Abuse At Woman In Her 60s

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A Cliftonville Football Club fan who shouted at a woman in her 60s at Coleraine Train Station and was also aggressive towards police has admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour and at court on Monday was fined £200.

Dominic Oliver McDonald (42), of Fairyknowe Park, Newtownabbey, committed the offence on April 7 this year. At Coleraine Magistrates Court a prosecutor said Coleraine were playing Cliftonville and McDonald had been asked to leave a Coleraine bar because he was using “abusive” language.

The court heard the defendant had to be repeatedly warned about his behaviour and at one stage he started shouting at a woman in her 60s at Coleraine Train Station and was using the words “Fenians” and “Cliftonville”. Defence barrister Chris Sherrard said the defendant did not accept all the facts but did acknowledge he was verbally abusive to police.

The lawyer said on the date in question his client had travelled with some companions by train to the Coleraine versus Cliftonville game and would normally go on a supporters’ bus.

Mr Sherrard said McDonald accepted he was in a bar before the match and there was “banter exchanged with Coleraine supporters but there was no hostility”.

The lawyer said when the defendant was being “shepherded” to the ground by police “he felt he was being pushed about but now accepts they were only doing their job”.
Mr Sherrard said the defendant had some alcohol taken in Coleraine and wished to apologise.

The lawyer said McDonald subsequently noticed one of the same police officers from April 7 at the Irish Cup Final between Cliftonville and Coleraine on May 5 and “the two men shook hands with each other”.
District Judge Barney McElholm fined McDonald £200.

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