Jailed for racist and sectarian comments


A man who told police he would rather be a ‘dirty orange p*** than a Hun’ has been jailed for six months.

Kevin Doherty, whose address was given on court papers as Derryview, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on April 6.

He admitted a further charge of possessing a cannabis on the same date.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to Temple Road because the 26-year-old was lying in the middle of the road.

He was drunk and began shouting at police ‘I would rather be a dirty orange p*** than a Hun’.

Doherty continued to shout obscenities at police despite warnings about his behaviour and he was arrested.

During a search of the 26-year-old, officers discovered a bag of herbal cannabis.

After hearing the facts of the case, District Judge Peter King queried whether Doherty is a ‘sectarian racist or a racist sectarian’.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey told the court his client has no recollection of the incident. He added that Doherty is usually a ‘mild mannered, inoffensive individual’ and these comments are ‘totally out of character for him’.

The judge activated a suspended sentence and jailed Doherty for a total of six months.