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Rambler Inn resident spat in face of staff member in run up to Christmas and threatened to have employees shot

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A RESIDENT of the Rambler Inn in Portstewart who spat in the face of a staff member four days before Christmas and threatened to have two employees shot has been jailed for three months.

Gerard Devlin (29), appeared via a video link from Maghaberry Prison on Monday at Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

The men were “employed by the Rambler Inn” and were dealing with complaints about Devlin, the court heard.

A defence solicitor said the defendant “suffers from a brain injury”.

He said Devlin accepted a common assault by “shouting in the face” of one of the men which he said would explain how there was a belief that he had “spat in his face”.

A prosecutor said one of the men felt he was “seconds away” from being struck and said Devlin had said: “You are getting f**king shot, I know boys, you are getting shot”.

The prosecutor said both men were put in fear by the comments with one of the men saying: “I believed this would be carried out and I would be shot in the back of the head”.

The prosecutor said one of the men said Devlin had “spat in my face”.

District Judge Peter King said all the offences had been established and said: “This wasn’t an allegation that ‘I’m going to get you kneecapped, I’m going to get you injured’, this was a case of ‘I’m going to get you (pardon the French) f**king shot’.”

The judge said “spitting in the face given the public health context we are in” was “outrageous” and jailed Devlin for three months on charges of making threats to kill and assault.

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