Pair stopped with flags got aggressive

Two men were aggressive with police after they were stopped for having what officers believed were stolen flags, a court has heard.

Steven James Gill, of Kular Court and Ray Bonner, of Ivy Terrace, both aged 23, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and obstructing police.

The charges relate to an incident in the William Street area of the city on October 1, last year.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that police on patrol saw the men carrying provincial flags and believed they were stolen from bunting erected around the city centre during the Fleadh.

Bonner tried to avoid the police and both men became aggressive when they were approached by officers.

The court was told the pair were asked to identify themselves and Gill claimed that his name was Paul McCay.

Bonner showed police his driving licence but when he was asked to identify his co-accused he also said his name was McCay.

The men were shouting and swearing at police and refused to calm down, the court heard.

Gill then ran off and was arrested near his home a short time later.

Defence solicitor for Gill, Paddy MacDermott, said his client borrowed the Leinster and Connaught flags as he was a ‘big fan of Brian O’Driscoll’.

He added that the co-accused Bonner was carrying Ulster and Munster flags

The solicitor said that the Fleadh was not on at the time and there was ‘no real harm done’.

He urged the court to give the defendants credit for their guilty pleas.

District Judge Barney McElholm fined the men £200 each and imposed offender levies of £15 on both the defendants.