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Man ‘with no top on’ assaulted several people following pub crawl

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A MAN went on a Portrush pub crawl before being spotted “with no top on” by police who were called to a report of trouble.

Mark Ryan Booth (35), of Woodburn Crescent in Coleraine, assaulted three men and a police officer on October 11 last year.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court on January 13 how Booth shouted at officers who approached him and tried, in vain, to calm him down.

After assaulting an officer CS spray was used before Booth was arrested.

The court heard the defendant had smashed a car wing mirror during the altercation and one of his victims had been punched several times to the face.

During interview, warehouse worker Booth said he had been having “a rough time” and had been off drink for 18 months. He had very little memory of the incident.

Defence solicitor Brendan McLernon said Booth was “utterly ashamed and bitterly regretted” his behaviour.

Since his teenage years the defendant had struggled with alcohol and there had also been stress related issues.

After working a night shift Booth had taken his children to school and then gone to various bars in Portrush, calling his partner “37” times to come and pick him up.

However, it was claimed in court, she thought he was in Portstewart.

District Judge Peter King said: “Thankfully, this didn’t escalate beyond what we are dealing with today”.

Booth was ordered to do 140 hours of Community Service.

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