Teen fined for “obnoxious” comment

A teenager who made derogatory comments about murdered police officer Ronan Kerr has been fined at the local magistrates court.

Darrell Ramsey, of Cromore Gardens, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on April 8.

The court heard that police were dealing with a public order incident in the Fahan Street area when they heard the 18-year-old student shouting. He was making derogatory comments and singing songs about the death of Margaret Thatcher and murdered police officer Ronan Kerr in the presence of tourists.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client was very drunk at the time.

Fining Ramsey £250, District Judge Barney McElholm said some of what he said was “extremely obnoxious”.