A Macosquin man with 164 previous convictions who was disorderly after allegedly being taunted by local teenagers has had his sentence deferred to see if he can get through the Christmas period without offending.
Dean McAfee (49), of Ramsey Park, was disorderly in Macosquin on August 10 this year.
A charge of possessing an offensive weapon – which was previously described in court as a wheel wrench – was withdrawn.
The defendant was in the dock at Coleraine Magistrates Court on December 3.
A prosecutor said police received a 999 call at 8.20pm to say that McAfee was causing a disturbance at Ramsey Park by shouting in the street whilst carrying an object in his pocket.
He threw it into a bush and, at Monday’s court, a prosecutor said it was a ratchet.
McAfee continually swore in the presence of children and other members of the public and was warned about his behaviour by police and was arrested when he failed to calm down.
When interviewed he said he had been drinking for a number of days and said some local teenagers had been taunting him.
At the time, according to defence barrister Alan Stewart, the defendant had recently been on the receiving end of a very bad assault and had “turned to the bottle”.
The barrister said McAfee had also been involved in a “feud” with a neighbour who was also known to the courts and on the date in question there were a number of young people outside who were “taunting” him and he “lost his temper”.
Mr Stewart said although his client had a terrible criminal record, since the date of the offence he has given up alcohol when the “penny finally dropped” and his niece had offered him a job with a cleaning company.
Mr Stewart said the defendant was a self-taught mechanic who was a “Jekyll and Hyde” when sober and drinking.
District Judge Peter King said he would defer sentencing until the end of March to take McAfee through the “flashpoints” of Christmas and New Year’s Eve and said if there was any more offending McAfee faced a four months sentence.