Jail for man who said he would like to ‘blow up’ judge

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A man who said he would “like to blow up” a local judge has been jailed for three months.

Gary Campbell, of Northland Road, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and assault on police relating to an incident on February 29.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that police were asked to assist ambulance staff who were dealing with a man in an “agitated state”.

The 28-year-old was transferred to Altnagelvin Hospital and a short time later staff asked police to remove him.

Officers offered Campbell a lift home, which he refused, and asked if he would like to phone anyone.

He then became aggressice and hit a female officer on the head with a bottle, knocking off her hat.

Campbell was arrested, told police to “f*** off” and continued to be abusive.

He then made a comment about the murdered police officer Stephen Carroll, telling police “Stephen Carroll was a good shot, I hope you’re next.”

It was revealed to the court the 28-year-old then said: “I would like to blow Barney McElholm and his children up as he’s another orange b******.”

District Judge Mr McElholm asked defence solicitor Kevin Casey if he would like another judge to impose sentence, however Mr Casey said he was happy for Mr McElholm to sentence his client.

The solicitor said his client has “no recollection of this outburst” and is disgusted at what he said.

Jailing the 28-year-old, Mr McElholm said his behaviour in the hospital was “disgraceful” and the comments about Constable Carroll were “vile”.