Derry Court: Became abusive to police

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

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A man who became aggressive and abusive to police when they came into a room he was drinking in has appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

Noel Grint (25) of 7, Nicholson Square in Derry admitted being disorderly and assaulting police on January 26.

The court heard that police went to an address making follow up inquiries after an earlier incident.

They came upon a group of men drinking and Grint was one of them.

Grint became aggressive and abusive calling police ‘Orange f-----g b------s’ and asking them ‘who let you in here?’

He then attempted to interfere with the police and Grint struck a police officer on the chest.

Defence counsel Ms Nicola Coulter told the court Grint had been at a birthday gathering and became confused when he saw the police as he was unaware of the earlier incident.

She said that alcohol was a factor in the incident and that the assault was ‘more of a push’ than a blow.

Grint was sentenced to 160 hours of Community Service.