I hope ‘the ‘RA’ blow you up, man told PSNI

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A twenty-seven-year-old man who told police he hoped ‘the ‘RA’ would blow them up when they intervened in a fight in Waterloo Place last month received a suspended sentence for disorderly behaviour at Derry Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The court heard how police spoke to Gerard Michael Murray (27) of Mount Royal, Northland Road, at approximately 2.30am after being tasked to a disturbance in Waterloo Place.

A Public Prosecution Service (PPS) solicitor told the court that when police spoke to the defendant who was suffering from a cut to his nose, he told them to, “f**k away off”. Murray was told to moderate his behaviour but continued to shout “f**k off” at police and when he was being escorted towards a police vehicle he moved his head towards a police officer but did not make any contact, the PPS solicitor told the court.

During his arrest Murray told police, “I hope ‘the ‘Ra’ blow you up”, the court was told.

Defence solicitor Paddy McDermott said his client had taken too much alcohol on the night of the offence and had had a disagreement with his friends leading to the incident in Waterloo Place.

Mr McDermott said Murray apologised for his behaviour, which had been influenced by the amount of drink he had consumed and asked for credit for his early guilty plea.

Deputy District Judge Terence Dunlop suspended a two month prison service for two years and told Murray that if he came to the attention of the court again within that period he would find himself standing in front of a prison gate.