‘Peacemaker’ struggled violently with police

A Strathfoyle man has been fined £200 for disorderly behaviour in the city centre.

Andrew Christopher Macrory, of Stradowen Drive, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and assault on police on March 18.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police were on patrol in the Shipquay Street area when they saw the 46-year-old and another man being removed from a bar.

Macrory was “extremely aggressive” and both males were shouting at each other. The court heard that family members were holding both men back and the situation looked like it may lead to a physical assault.

Officers intervened and asked the defendant to leave the area several times. However, he became verbally abusive to police and members of the public. The court was told he then struggled violently with police and several officers had to control him before he was arrested.

Defence solicitor Edward Casey said the situation escalated after Macrory tried to be a peacemaker in an altercation between his nephew and another man.