Derry Court: Man made ‘vile and disgraceful’ remarks court hears

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

A man who made what were described as ‘vile and absolutely disgraceful’ remarks to police has received a suspended sentence and been ordered to pay money to the PSNI benevolent fund.

Christopher Olphert (22) Flat A 2, Lawrence Hill in Derry admitted a disorderly behaviour charge on July 8.

The court was told that police were called after reports of a male threatening to cause damage.

When they arrived they found Olphert and asked him to leave the area.

The police offered to give him a lift but he refused and then began abusing police calling them ‘f-----g useless’ and ‘black b------s’.

He was asked to refrain from shouting but continued and then walked off shouting and waving his arms.

He continued to be extremely abusive and was arrested.

Defence solicitor Mr. Seamus Quigley said his client had been ‘in a dark place’ and that the police ‘had borne the brunt of whatever malaise was going on in his mind.’

He said the police had tried to help yet were abused ‘in an awful way.’

District Judge Barney McElholm said that it was a verbal disorderly but that some of the remarks were ‘vile and a disgraceful thing to say to anyone.’

He sentenced Olphert to 5 months in prison suspended for 3 years and ordered him to pay £250 to the police benevolent fund.