Sang sectarian songs

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

A man who sang sectarian songs in a police car after they offered him a lift home has been told ‘next time sing ‘Will Griggs is on fire’ and he might not get into as much trouble’.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the suggestion as he fined Darren Samuel Holmes £300.

Holmes, of Templetown Park, Maydown, pleaded guilty to assaulting and resisting police on April 10.

The court heard that police were called to Foyle Street because a drunk male was acting ‘erratically’ and trying to get into parked cars.

Police offered to give him a lift home for his own safety.

During the journey the 43-year-old’s ‘demeanour changed’ and he began to sing sectarian songs loudly.

The officers asked him to moderate his behaviour and he told them to ‘f*** off’.

He also pushed an officer on the chest.

Holmes told them to ‘f*** away off you f****** pansy’ as he was being arrested.