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21/09/2021

Derry man threw bucket and paste at police vehicle after putting up dissident republican posters in order to 'get at' Sinn Fein

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A man who was charged with causing criminal damage to a police vehicle and possessing a bucket and paste with intent to cause criminal damage relating to dissident posters aimed at embarrassing Sinn Fein has been fined at Derry Magistrate's Court. Paul McIntyre (50) of Ballymagowan Park in Derry faced two charges relating to the incident on January 11 this year. McIntyre contested the charge. The court heard that when police came upon McIntyre putting up posters he threw the paste bucket at the police vehicle. District Judge Barney McElholm was told the posters themselves were not offensive. The judge said they were 'perplexing' but he added:"I am sure they mean something within the Republican community." Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said the point of the posters was to 'get at Sinn Fein whose headquarters was nearby.' Judge McElholm said the first item on any republican agenda was the split. He accepted that bucket was thrown at the vehicle but as regards the second charge he said McIntyre's intent was to 'promote a certain political opinion' with a result damage would be caused. He dismissed the charge of possessing the bucket and paste with intent. McIntyre was fined £200 and ordered to pay £500 in compensation for damage to the vehicle.

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