Fined for breach of peace

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A man who threatened to bomb a local facility for street drinkers has been fined.

Patrick McGonagle, whose address was given on court papers as Moyola Drive, pleaded guilty to breaching the peace on May 20.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to Foyle Haven because the 51-year-old was acting aggressively and threatening staff.

When officers arrived McGonagle was shouting and two members of staff were trying to talk to him.

They asked police to remove the 51-year-old because he had made threats to bomb the facility.

McGonagle was arrested and continued to shout and swear as he was escorted from the premises.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court his client was very intoxicated at the time and is ‘deeply ashamed and embarrassed by his behaviour’.

He said McGonagle is ‘normally good natured’ and had no intention to carry out the threat and was ‘simply mouthing off’.

District Judge Barney McElholm fined the 51-year-old £100.