Jailed for threat to kill policeman

A man who told a police officer he would never “walk in the Bogside again” has been jailed for a total of six months.

Diarmuid Nicell, of High Street, was convicted of making a threat to kill, disorderly behaviour and resisting police on March 5, after he failed to turn up to court to contest the charges.

The 25-year-old admitted further charges of theft and disorderly behaviour between May 28 and and September 9, last year.

In relation to those offences, Derry Magistrates Court heard Nicell stole a security camera from a local bookmakers and made gestures to a police car as it was travelling in the Butcher Street area of the city.

The court heard in March this year, Nicell and his brother were walking through Lisfannon Park carrying window cleaning equipment when police stopped them.

They wanted to speak with the 25-year-old’s brother about outstanding money warrants, when the defendant began shouting obscenities at the officers.

Nicell’s brother ran off from police but the 25-year-old contiuned to be aggressive calling the officers “scum b*******” and then said “You’re dead. You will never walk in the Bogside again I will make sure of that”.

The court heard that when he was arrested for making a threat to kill, he replied: “That wasn’t a threat to kill that was a threat to assault”.

Defence solicitor Maeliosa Barr accepted his client had a “fairly extensive record” for a man of his age but said it was not the worst record the court has seen.

Passing sentence, District Judge Barney McElholm jailed Nicell for a total of six months.