Jailed for ‘terrorising workers’

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

An 18 years old Derry man has been jailed for a total of four months after being told he had ‘terrorised workers trying to go about a job of work’.

The city’s Magistrate’s Court heard on Friday how Jordan Kavanagh of Brompton Court was involved in an altercation at a building site at the Three Flowers on the Buncrana Road on May 28 of this year.

He faced charges of disorderly behaviour, resisting a police officer in the execution of her duty, brandishing an offensive weapon - namely a handsaw - and damaging the windscreen of a van belonging to the construction company working at the site.

Kavanagh was also appearing to be sentenced in relation to a separate incident on April 24 at the Donkey Field, Drumleck Drive.

The court heard that Kavanagh had approached police on April 24 and called them “f***ing scumbags” before kicking the front grill of the landrover.

He was warned about his behaviour but continued kicking the van and calling police “f***ing scumbags and black b***ards”.

A defence solicitor for Kavanagh described his client as a “young man in the early stages of misuse of alcohol” and blamed his inability to cope with alcohol for his client’s misdemeanors over the last two years.

He said that while his client admitted he had not done all he could to engage with probation services in the past - he was not a young man who “sat at home on benefits” and had learned a trade in bricklaying and secured work.

District Judge Mr Barney McElholm said Kavanagh had made no attempt “at all” to pay any fines imposed by the court over the last two years.

He added that his behaviour on May 28 had “terrorised ordinary people going about their work”,

“That is why we have police,” Mr McElholm said, “To ensure people are not terrorised going about their day to day lives.”

Kavanagh was jailed for a total of four months.