Tasered man has grudge - court told

The first person to be tasered in Northern Ireland ‘holds a grudge’ against the police, a court has heard.

Declan Smith, Glenabbey Road, admitted disorderly behaviour on August 15.

The court heard that the 42-year-old was standing on his own balcony and began gesturing towards police on patrol. He was warned about his behaviour and became abusive repeatedly telling the police to ‘go f**k yourselves’.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said that Smith had been the first person to be tasered in the North and had a ‘grudge’ against the police.

Fining Smith £500, District Judge Barney McElholm said he ‘should have kept his mouth shut’ and should not be engaging in this type of behaviour.

In 2008, Declan Smith was the first person to be tasered by the PSNI during an incident outside his home. He was later cleared of all charges in relation to the incident.