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‘Too drunk to fly’ GAA player who exposed himself to police gets community service

Gavin Goodfellow was put on the sex offenders register after the disgusting airport antics


Gavin Goodfellow

Gavin Goodfellow

Gavin Goodfellow

A GAA star barred from a flight to Ibiza for being too drunk repeatedly exposed himself to shocked police officers outside an airport.

Gavin Goodfellow urinated outside Belfast International Airport and later exposed his private parts to a female police officer in June.

In July, Goodfellow, from Edendoit Road in Pomeroy, said he was “deeply sorry” and claimed he’d had “a few too many” before the flight.

He claimed then that what happened was he’d been caught short after all the beer he’d drank and just desperately needed to go to the toilet.

But in court it emerged that on top of urinating in public he’d actually exposed himself to police while laughing – in full view of the public.

And that’s why on top of a 100-hour community service order the judge at Antrim Magistrates Court also ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for five years.

A lawyer for the 26-year-old told the court that Goodfellow had learned a “salutary lesson”.

Defence counsel Blaine Nugent revealed there had been “significant media attention to the case with the tabloid media arriving at his door the day after he was charged”.

Goodfellow had pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent behaviour and a second charge of “exposing his genitals to cause alarm” to a named airport police constable during the drunken episode.

On Tuesday a prosecuting lawyer outlined how staff at a cafe in Aldergrove called police for help “regarding a male passenger who was intoxicated, falling off a chair, and bothering staff and passengers”.

Having identified Goodfellow, he claimed he was getting a flight to Ibiza but staff at the check in desk confirmed he had earlier been refused boarding because he was too drunk to fly.

Goodfellow was told to leave and police stayed in the area in case he either “hurt himself or tried to get back in.”

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But a short time later, he was again trying to get into the check-in hall, claiming he had managed to book a flight but again, check-in staff confirmed there was no such booking.

“Escorted from the building, the defendant continued to remain in the area and tried to get back in before he went to a nearby hedge where taxis and buses were parked, pulled down the front of his shorts and began urinating,” she told the court

Warned by the police about his behaviour, Goodfellow tried to get back into the airport building, claiming he needed to use the toilet but when he was again warned about urinating in public, “he started to laugh at police, turned slightly, pulled his shorts down and grabbed his genitals”.

“Police shouted at him to stop but he repeated the gesture and there were members of the public in the area at the time,” said the lawyer.

Mr Nugent told the court: “There’s little doubt that he was intoxicated and significantly so,” said the barrister, submitting that “but for that intoxication, these are offences that would not have occurred – it’s no excuse but it puts it in context”.

He said there had been no sexual element or sexual thrill to the offending but rather a “lack of maturity and decision making”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told him: “I think you have recognised what you did was a very foolish thing” and was a very serious matter given the “wide variety” of people at an airport, including children.

In July Goodfellow told the Sunday World: “I’m deeply sorry for what happened. It was completely out of character. I’d like to draw a line under it and continue with my life and I’ll make sure this doesn’t ever happen again.”

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