Man fined £150 for ‘acting the buck eejit’

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A “buck eejit” who was involved in a fight outside a pub in Belfast city centre has been fined £150.

Although handed the fine at Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday, April 29, 33-year-old Francis Doherty faces spending a week in jail after District Judge Harry McKibbin imposed “an immediate warrant”, having heard that convicted robber Doherty faces being recalled to prison by breaching his licence conditions.

Doherty, with an address on Childers Road in Limerick, had earlier pleaded guilty to using disorderly behaviour on Great Victoria Street on April 28 this year.

A prosecution lawyer described how Doherty and another man, 27-year-old Bernard Joyce, had been involved in a fight with a third man outside Robinson’s Bar.

Joyce, from Norfolk Grove in Belfast, also appeared in the dock on Saturday accused of disorderly behaviour.

Told to come back to court on May 19, he was granted bail and ordered to observe a curfew, report to police twice a week, not to contact Doherty and was barred from drinking alcohol.

In relation to Doherty, defence solicitor Mark Campbell revealed he had been serving a four-year sentence for robbery in England but had been recalled to prison last November as he had missed probation appointments.

Freed again, he had moved to Limerick but had “taken it upon himself” to come to Belfast on Friday when the incident happened.

Imposing the fine, Judge McKibbin told Doherty he had been “acting the buck eejit.”