Crime: Man ejected from hotel receives a suspended sentence

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

A man who was disorderly after he was ejected from a hostel has received a suspended sentence.

Michael Doherty, whose address was given on court papers as Methodist Mission, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on July 25.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 42-year-old was asked to leave the hostel and he was argumentative.

Police were called because he refused to leave and began shouting at officers.

Doherty attempted to get back into the hostel and police had to prevent him from doing so.

Defence solicitor Maeliosa Barr told the court his client has ‘fairly little recollection’ of the incident.

He said Doherty has difficulties with alcohol and has been told that if he keeps drinking the way he is will be dead within months.

District Judge Barney McElholm suspended a two months sentence for 18 months and said the 42-year-old ‘really needs to do something about his drinking.