Defendant was shot five years ago

A man who was shot by paramilitaries five years ago told police officers the ‘Ra should blow you up’, a court has heard.

Gerard Terence Given, of Circular Road, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and resisting police on November 15, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were in Shantallow dealing with a separate matter when the 23-year-old became ‘very hostile’ towards the officers.

He began shouting and swearing, before telling the police the ‘f****** Ra should blow you up’.

The court heard Given ‘squared up’ to an officer and he was arrested. He struggled with the officers as they placed handcuffs on him.

It was revealed one of the police officers sustained minor injuries to both hands during the struggle.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court Given lost his temper on this occasion and ‘one thing led to another’.

He added that the 23-year-old “has no love of paramilitaries. He himself was shot five years ago and still carries an bullet in his leg as a result of that.”

Suspending a five month jail term for three years, District Judge Barney McElholm said some of the things Given said to police were ‘vile and disgraceful’.

He said the 23-year-old has a ‘bad record’ for similar offences and warned him if he came back for anything similar he would serve all of the five month sentence.

The judge also ordered Given to pay £150 compensation to the PSNI Benevolent Fund to ‘indicate his remorse for his disgraceful remarks’.