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Drunk man went to restaurant at closing time ‘seeking free food’ and when asked to leave assaulted staff member

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

Samuel Kyle Boyd (35), of Ballyweaney Road near Cloughmills, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link from prison on Thursday charged with assault; being disorderly; causing criminal damage to drinking glasses at the Go Sun Restaurant and making threats to damage the restaurant.

The incident happened on March 22 this year.

Boyd also committed other incidents on other dates including receiving stolen jackets taken from The Range store in the town.

He also stole a bottle of vodka from Lidl in Ballymena and assaulted a store detective.

In another incident at a hostel the defendant was found collapsed and was in possession of the drug ‘speed’.

He attempted to punch a police officer and resisted another officer.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said the defendant had lived in England and moved back to Northern Ireland five months ago.

Plans to stay with a family member did not work out and when he sought hostel accommodation the defendant “fell in with some negative peers, one of whom died as a result of an overdose”.

Mr Smyth said Boyd pleaded guilty to all the offences and shown remorse.

In relation to the restaurant incident he had gone in drunk at closing time asking for free food and was a “public nuisance at that stage,” the defence lawyer said.

District Judge Nigel Broderick noted the defendant had suspended sentences from England and jailed him for six months.

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