Disgusting remark on Omagh bomb

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A Derry man who made what a judge described as ‘an incredibly disgusting remark’ about the Omagh bombing has been fined at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

John Christopher Edwards (23) of St. Brigid’s Avenue appeared in relation to two disorderly behaviours that occurred within 45 minutes of each other.

The court was told that on January 18 a police patrol was in Union Hall Place when Edwards stood in front of the vehicle.

Police sounded the horn but he refused to move and eventually police got out and asked him for details which Edwards refused to give.

He was placed in the police vehicle and then gave his details but was abusive to police.

Some 45 minutes later police were responding to a different incident when again Edwards stood on front of the landrover and refused to move.

Again police spoke to him and he was abusive before making off.

A short time later he was spotted nearby and approached by police and again he was abusive telling police to ‘go f--k.’

He also started shouting ‘am I doing anything wrong?’

He then shouted at police ‘Go f--k you are finished when I get outside.’ and then he said: “Omagh got the reality it deserved.”

Defence solicitor Mr. Seamus Quigley said that Edwards came from a decent family who were ‘mortified’ when the police came to their door.

Deputy District Judge Peter King asked: “Why on earth would he think that was an appropriate remark?”

He fined Edwards a total of £300.