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23/09/2021

'The next time you see me I'll have a petrol bomb in my hand' - Derry teenager who abused police after they gave him a lift home fined £350

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A teenager convicted of disorderly behaviour had been the victim of gang attack in the Ebrington Square area of Derry prior to the police arriving on the scene, a court has heard. Oisin Doherty, 18, of Old City Close admitted being disorderly at Ebrington on July 18 last. The court heard that police were called to a group of males fighting in the area and when they arrived they saw one male with blood on him. Doherty was standing nearby with his T-shirt ripped and some of those in the crowd shouted that he had been involved. Police approached him and he told them to 'f--k off' and was warned to moderate his language. The court head the defendant continued to be abusive and when a young female present asked him to calm down he was abusive to her as well. Doherty was eventually arrested and struggled with police and had to be brought to the ground to be handcuffed. He was taken to a police vehicle and held there for a period and after he calmed down he was de-arrested and police took him home. As he exited from the police vehicle, Doherty shouted: “The next time you see me I will have a petrol bomb in my hand.” Defence solicitor, Derwin Harvey, said his client said he had been walking through Ebrington Square with his girlfriend and was attacked by a group from Bond Street simply because he was from the cityside. He said it was the girlfriend who phoned police but they approached Doherty as a perpetrator not a victim and he became annoyed. Mr. Harvey said Doherty had not been in any trouble since and accepts he used to be 'a nuisance and no use to society' but he had changed. District Judge Barney McElholm said if the police do see him with a petrol bomb he will be going to prison. The judge said he had shown a 'lack of graciousness' after police ran him home. He fined Doherty £350.

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