Man is sentenced for disorderly behaviour

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A man who was abusive to police in a local car park has received a suspended jail sentence.

John George Kennedy Reid, of Waterloo Street, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on April 1.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were called to Quayside because a drunk male was ‘acting suspiciously’ in the car park.

Reid became verbally abusive and began shouting loudly about ‘a high profile murder in the city’.

He was accusing police of inaction in this case and shouted at the officers ‘f*** away off you are a disgrace. F*** off you c***’.

A defence solicitor told the court Reid had a chronic alcohol problem and mental health issues.

He said the 45-year-old has finally sought help for his addiction.

Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy suspended a three month jail sentence for two years.