Teen who shouted ‘up the RA’ at Boys parade in custody


An 18 year-old who shouted ‘up the RA’ during Saturday’s Apprentice Boys’ parade in Derry has been refused bail.

Stefan Connolly of Deramore Drive, Strathfoyle, appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court accused of engaging in a provocative act, disorderly behaviour, obstructing police and possessing Viagra.

A police constable told the court that officers heard Connolly shout ‘Up the RA’ at a loyalist band in Derry city centre during Saturday’s parade.

Officers then spoke with Connolly at Magazine Street and he became verbally abusive, telling police to “f*** ***” a number of times. He was cautioned and gave police false details before making off, the officer said.

Police gave chase “for some considerable distance” through the city, including through a shopping centre. He was found “attempting to hide” among a group of tourists. After Connolly was arrested police discovered a green coloured tablet in his pocket which he said he believed to be Viagra that his friend had given him earlier in the day “for a bit of craic”.

The court heard that Connolly had a record for assault, criminal damage and was given suspended jail sentences for offences similar to those he now faces charges for in December last year. Opposing an application for bail, the police officer said the PSNI believed he will re-offend.

A defence solicitor said his client “did not go up the town to make trouble”. He said that the teenager acted “rather stupidly” in the company of friends. “He was up the town with friends acting the big man and unfortunately finds himself in trouble in court on a Monday morning”.

District Judge Austin Kennedy refused bail and remanded Connolly in custody until September 5.