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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Messing about in a boat ends in court

MESSING around in a Whitehaven Harbour rowing boat for a bet landed a teenager in court.

The police were called to reports of someone climbing on security fencing at West Strand, and found a crowd had gathered on the pier to watch the antics of Daniel O’Fee, 18.

West Cumbria Courthouse heard yesterday (Wednesday) that O’Fee took the boat and refused to return it, saying he was “having fun”. He also shouted to officers: “Come and get me.” O’Fee is said to have taken his shirt off during the episode which lasted two hours on the evening of June 17.

The defendant, of Hilltop Road, Kells, pleaded guilty to taking a boat without the owner’s consent and was given an eight-week curfew (7pm to 7am). He admitted a further charge of public disorder which attracted a £75 fine. Court costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge were also imposed.

Solicitor Neil Pilling, for O’Fee, said: “He was messing about and didn’t think it was serious. He knows now that it was.” Mr Pilling added that alcohol had “not been a factor”.

A second man, allegedly involved in the incident – Peter McAleavy, 32, of Lonsdale Court, Whitehaven – has pleaded not guilty to taking a boat without consent and to public disorder. He will stand trial on a date to be fixed.

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