43-year-old called police ‘scum’

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who called police ‘scum’ and spat on an officers face has received a suspended sentence.

John Paul McColgan was also ordered to pay £250 compensation to the police officer concerned.

McColgan, of Melrose Terrace, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and assault on police on January 14.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were dealing with an incident on the Lower Road when the 43-year-old approached officers.

He began shouting and swearing.

The 43-year-old was asked to leave the are and was offered a lift by police.

McColgan banged the bonnet of the police car and said he would spit in the face of police as they were ‘scum’.

He clenched his fists and lashed out towards police, spitting in an officers face.

The 43-year-old was arrested and as he was transported to custody continually threatened violence towards police.

District Judge Barney McElholm suspended a four month sentence for two years.