Shouted abuse towards Apprentice Boys’ parade

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A man who shouted towards marchers on the annual Apprentice Boys’ Parade has been warned if he commits any further offences he will be sent to jail.

Gerald Patrick Mullan, of Crawford Square, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on August 8.

The 30-year-old also admitted stealing toiletries from Superdrug on December 21, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were conducting duties during the Apprentice Boys parade when they saw Mullan try to get through the crash barrier to cross the road.

Mullan had to be physically removed from the crash barrier and he shouted ‘why are they marching up my f****** street’.

He was shouting in full view of tourists, the bands and members of the public.

The 30-year-old was arrested after he continued to shout towards the marchers.

Defence Counsel Eoghan Devlin told the court his client has a number of dependency issues but has been using his time in custody to go through detox.

He added Mullan caused a ‘nuisance’ but he does not commit offences in sobriety.

Passing sentence, District Judge Barney McElholm said the disorderly was ‘disgraceful and sectarian. It runs contrary to everything many people co-operate to do in this city - to make parading non-contentious and trouble free’.

‘People like Mullan try to spoil all that’.

The judge suspended a six month sentence for two years in relation to the theft offences.

He deferred sentence for six months and warned Mullan if he commits further offences he will go to jail.

The 30-year-old will appear in court on March 11.