Sailor ‘drunk in charge of a ship’

Laganside Courts, Chichester Street, Belfast.
Laganside Courts, Chichester Street, Belfast.

A Russian sailor is due in court again on Monday accused of being drunk in charge of a ship.

Appearing in the dock of Belfast Magistrates’ Court in a blue T-shirt with a cannabis motif on Saturday, 53-year-old Mikhail Irusglotov was charged with having excess alcohol by a master of a ship on March 28.

Isruglotov, the ship’s chief engineer and who is from Arkhangel in the Russian Federation, spoke to confirm that he spoke some English and that he understood the charge against him.

A police officer told the court he believed he could connect Isruglotov to the charge, adding that police were not objecting to his release on bail as the cargo vessel he was on will be in Belfast harbour “for a period of time”.

It is understood that the captain of the ship, which has a cargo of coal, alerted the harbourmaster that his chief engineer was allegedly drunk and that when he was breathalysed, Isruglotov was allegedly more than three times the legal drink drive limit.

Releasing the sailor on his own bail of £250, District Judge Ken Nixon ordered him to report to police every day and to come back to court today.