Woman who tried to urinate in war memorial given suspended sentence.

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A woman who attempted to urinate in the war memorial in Derry has received a suspended sentence.

Gwyneth Victoria Doherty, of Magazine Street, Derry, pleaded guilty to indecent behaviour and obstructing police on August 30.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police were on patrol in the early hours of the morning when they saw the 36-year-old on the steps of the cenotaph in The Diamond.

Her trousers were around her ankles and she was ‘squatting’ in an attempt to urinate.

Police approached her and she pulled up her trousers.

Defence solicitor Paddy Kelly said his client suffers from ‘serious psychological problems’ and had a stroke earlier this year.

He accepted that she has an extensive record for public order offences.

Suspending a three month sentence for two years, Deputy District Judge Oonagh Mullan told Doherty she was ‘turning into a real nuisance’.

She warned the 36-year-old the court will ‘run out of patience with you and you will end up in custody. You must avoid coming back to the court’.

Judge Mullan also fined Doherty £100.