Teen jailed for sectarian assault

A teenager who admitted a “serious, unprovoked and sectarian” assault on two boys has been jailed for eight months.

Marc Finlay, of Auglish Court, Waterside, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault relating to an incident on November 12, last year.

The 18-year-old also admitted disorderly behaviour during last year’s Lundy’s Day parade on December 3.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police were on patrol when they saw the injured party being punched and kicked several times by Finlay.

He ran off but was apprehended by officers a short distance away.

It was revealed the victim sustained a bump to his head and had to receive treatment to an injury on his hand.

The court heard the following day another boy reported being assaulted by Finlay.

On December 3, Finlay shouted abuse at people protesting at the Lundy’s Day parade in the Ferryquay Street area of the city. The court heard he shouted across the road at them, calling them “scumbags”.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said the offences were committed when Finlay was 17-years-old, but he didn’t deal with them “sensibly” at the time and arrest warrants had to be issued.

He said the teen now knows there are “ramifications for actions” and urged the court not to impose a custodial sentence.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the assault was “serious, unprovoked and sectarian” and sentenced him to a total of eight months custody.