15 Aug 2022

Judge says watching Manchester United and Chelsea 'would put anyone in bad form' after man thrown out of Derry hotel following noise complaints

A man with an address who had come to Derry with his girlfriend to celebrate his birthday was asked to leave a city centre hotel due to the noise he was making, Derry Magistrate's Court heard today. Emmet McNamee (34) of Lambrook Gardens in Omagh admitted assaulting police and resisting on October 21. The court heard that police were called to the hotel at 4.20am after complaints from other guests at the noise coming from McNamee's room. When staff spoke to the defendant he was 'verbally aggressive' and was asked to leave the premises. When police finally entered the room McNamee was sitting fully dressed with a large bag on his knee. Police asked him for identification but he refused and when he was detained to confirm his identity he 'adopted a fighting stance' and swung at one officer hitting him on the shoulder. Defence solicitor Michael Fahy said his client had started drinking early while watching Manchester United and Chelsea. District Judge Barney McElholm said 'that would put anyone in bad form.' He said his recollection of the police being in the room was 'vague to say the least' and the next thing he woke up in a police cell. The solicitor said it was 'an unsavoury incident'. Judge McElholm said: "If only everyone watched Manchester City's flowing football they would be filled with joy and well being." McNamee was fined £350.

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