Derry Court: Jailed after failing to heed ‘final warning’

Barr appeared at Carndonagh District Court.
Barr appeared at Carndonagh District Court.

A man who was given his ‘final warning’ when he appeared in court at the end of last year has been jailed at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

Thomas Rush (31) of 10, Glengalliagh Park in Derry admitted disorderly behaviour and assaulting police on November 18.

The court was told that police were called to the Foyle Street area after reports of fight in the area.

When they arrived the injured party, Rush’s brother, told them that his brother had too much drink taken and had punched him.

Police went to speak to Rush who started being abusive and resisted being placed in a police vehicle.

At interview said he had no recollection of the events. His brother did not make a complaint.

A defence solicitor said that Rush had placed his liberty at risk.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that there was every reason why Rush should have gone into custody earlier.

He said that he was quite sure that Rush had been told that he was getting his final opportunity when he appeared last year and then two months later he offended again.

He sentenced Rush to five months in prison.