Derry court has heard how a man who was disorderly during the annual Apprentice Boys’ march shouting about ‘Taigs’ and spitting at a youth wearing a Celtic jersey was arrested 5 days later while celebrating the Fleadh Cheoil na h-Eireann.
Darrell Young (23), of 73 Kinsale Park, Derry, appeared at the local Magistrate’s Court where he admitted two charges of disorderly behaviour and one of obstructing police on August 10 and 15. The court heard that during the Apprentice Boys’ march Young was wearing a Rangers jersey and was seen waving his hands in the air and shouting about ‘Taigs’. He was warned about his behaviour and moved down the street and stood beside a group of nationalists. March stewards asked him to move and he began shouting at them.
When a youth wearing a Celtic top walked in front of one of the bands, Young spat at him.
Police warned him about his behaviour and asked him for his details. Young then asked police not to arrest him. On August 15 a police officer saw Young during the Fleadh and asked for his details. Young gave the same details as he had the previous Saturday. The police officer told him they were false and Young began shouting and swearing and called police ‘scumbags’.
The court heard that this was in the middle of a busy street. Young continued to shout and was arrested.
Defence solicitor Mr. Seamus Quigley said it was an ‘unusual case’ in that Young had attended the Apprentice Boys march and then was attending the Fleadh. He said his client had ‘not got a sectarian bone in his body’. Mr. Quigley said the first incident stemmed from too much drink and the second incident stemmed from the stupidity of the first. Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall said that the first disorderly was of a ‘very unpleasant nature’.
She told Young there was ‘enough trouble with these parades without you causing more trouble.’
She said it was ‘disgraceful’ spitting at another youth and warned the defendant not to behave like that again.
Young was fined £350.