Man called a police officer ‘Fenian traitor’

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A man who called a police officer a ‘Fenian traitor’ has been fined £200.

Michael Frazer, whose address was given as Harbour View, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and assaulting police on December 22, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police were called to an ongoing disturbance outside a city centre bar. The 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing damage to a car and was verbally abusive to police as they took him to the station.

Frazer called one officer a ‘Fenian traitor’ and punched him in the chest with a clenched fist.

During interview the 27-year-old said he couldn’t remember the incident and it was out of character for him.

A defence solicitor told the court his client was out for a Christmas party and “drank more than he was accustomed to”. the solicitor told the court Frazer wished to apologise for his behaviour and for what he said to the police officer.