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Drunk man went to restaurant at closing time ‘seeking free food’ and when asked to leave allegedly kicked staff member in head

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A drunk man who entered a restaurant in Ballymena seeking free food as it was coming up to closing time allegedly kicked a staff member to the head after being asked to leave.

Samuel Kyle Boyd (35), from Cloughmills, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court charged with assault; being disorderly; causing criminal damage to the Go Sun Restaurant and making threats to damage the restaurant.

A police officer opposed bail saying it was the sixth time the defendant had been in police custody in the last three weeks.

He said alcohol was a “huge factor” and there was a likelihood of further offences if Boyd was released.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said the defendant had been living at the Traveller’s Rest in Ballymena.

He said the defendant had previously been in jail and “left prison with a drug addiction and he has since become an alcoholic”.

Mr Smyth said Boyd was drunk when he entered the Go Sun on Friday March 22 “looking for some free food because it was coming up to closing time”.

A staff member asked him to leave and there was a “short struggle”.

A prosecutor said there was an allegation that Boyd kicked the injured party “to the head” and also on the leg.

Mr Smyth, meanwhile, said that if released on bail Boyd would not be “cast adrift” as he could live with his family near Cloughmills, well away from any urban area.
District Judge Peter King said the defendant had a record and there was a clear risk of re-offending.

He remanded Boyd in custody and adjourned the case to Ballymena Magistrates Court on March 28.

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