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Judge says public servants will be protected after drunk man was disorderly at Housing Executive office

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A judge says courts will always protect public servants from crime after a Coleraine man was disorderly when he turned up drunk at a Housing Executive office.

Alister John Henry (56), of Kylemore Road, began to shout and swear and when police arrived he told a police officer: “You think I’m f**king afraid of you, you b**tard”.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday the defendant pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly behaviour and resisting police in relation to the incident at the Housing Executive offices at Abbey Street in Coleraine on the afternoon of Friday March 29 this year.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said Henry had “waged a battle” with alcohol all his life but despite being regularly in court there had been a gap in his offending since 2014 which the lawyer said was “remarkable”.

Mr Rafferty said windows had been “put in” at Henry’s residence and he had gone to the Housing Executive to see about getting them replaced.

The barrister said staff were “not enamoured” with Henry’s behaviour.

The barrister said the windows “remain boarded up”.

District Judge Peter King said Henry’s offending behaviour went back so far he had even appeared at the former Ballymoney Magistrates Court which has been closed for several decades.

The judge said the Housing Executive office incident involved “public servants” who needed to be protected by the courts as he imposed a two months prison term, suspended for a year.

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