Derry Court: Sentenced to five months in prison

McGuinness appeared at Carndonagh District Court.
McGuinness appeared at Carndonagh District Court.

Derry’s District Judge has said that there was ‘a nasty tinge’ to a local man’s offending as he jailed him this week.

Michael Stokes (34) of 47 Collon Lane in Derry appeared in custody facing a series of charges where sentencing had been deferred.

Stokes was charged with three offences from July 2013 of assault, theft and disorderly behaviour.

He also faced charges of obstructing police and disorderly behaviour from January last year as well as theft, disorderly and indecent behaviour charges from July 2013.

Passing sentence Judge Barney McElholm described Stokes as a ‘recidivist offender who just can’t seem to help himself.’

He said that while Stokes offending was always at a low level ‘there was a tinge of nastiness’ to it.

He added: “People should not have to out up with his nasty behaviour.”

He sentenced Stokes to five months in prison.