A man who told police he would rather be a ‘dirty orange p*** than a Hun’ has been jailed for six months.
Kevin Doherty, whose address was given on court papers as Derryview, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on April 6.
He admitted a further charge of possessing a cannabis on the same date.
Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to Temple Road because the 26-year-old was lying in the middle of the road.
He was drunk and began shouting at police ‘I would rather be a dirty orange p*** than a Hun’.
Doherty continued to shout obscenities at police despite warnings about his behaviour and he was arrested.
During a search of the 26-year-old, officers discovered a bag of herbal cannabis.
After hearing the facts of the case, District Judge Peter King queried whether Doherty is a ‘sectarian racist or a racist sectarian’.
Defence solicitor Kevin Casey told the court his client has no recollection of the incident. He added that Doherty is usually a ‘mild mannered, inoffensive individual’ and these comments are ‘totally out of character for him’.
The judge activated a suspended sentence and jailed Doherty for a total of six months.