Fined for rowing at courthouse

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Members of a Derry family barricaded themselves into a security building at the city’s courthouse as they were in fear of a man who was verbally abusing them, a court has heard.

Eamon Christopher Stokes,of Glengalliagh Park, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on December 19, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that the 19-year-old was shouting and swearing at ‘lead members of the Mongan family’ during in the incident.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his clients father, who had been convicted of murdering a member of the Mongan family, had died in prison a short time before the incident.

However, he added ‘none of this excuses rowing outside the doors of the court’.

Fining Stokes £600, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘It seems as if one group is as bad as the other in this’.

“There is no justification for this type of behaviour. It won’t be tolerated in the court or its environs.”