Man made sectarian remarks to the police

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After he was put out of a bar a Lurgan man demanded that police go in and raid the premises because they were holding a ‘lock-in’.

When they refused because officers were dealing with a fatal road accident he became abusive and used ‘gross and offensive’ remarks to police, a sitting of Craigavon Magistrates Court was told.

Michael Redmond Doran, Wellington Street, Lurgan, admitted disorderly behaviour in Church Place and criminal damage to a police cell on 
February 21 this 
year.

For the disorderly offence, the tewenty-two-year-old was sentenced to four months in prison and for the criminal damage a three month sentence was imposed.

Both sentences are to run concurrently and were suspended for 12 months.

The court heard that at 1.05am Doran staggered to Lurgan police station.

He was drunk and had been removed by bouncers from the Beehive bar.

He called police ‘black c—ts’ and was shouting profanities loudly.

He demanded that police raid the bar because they were having a ‘lock-in’.

Police said the majority of the officers were dealing with a fatal road traffic 
collision.

Doran waved his arms in the air and continued to shout and swear and was asked to walk away and said ‘you will arrest me for f—king what, disorderly behaviour’.

He was arrested and when he was put in a police cell he said he had to go to the toilet.

He was escorted to the bathroom but did not go and was warned if he urinated in the cell he would be 
charged.

Doran replied: “I don’t care. I will s--t in the cell like the hunger strikers.”

When he returned to the cell he immediately urinated in the cell.

The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

A barrister representing Doran said it was an ‘unsavoury’ incident.

His client had been in the Beehive and had very little recollection as he had been in the bar for a considerable period of time.

He added that the probation report assessed the defendant as a low risk of re-offending but he was not suitable for community service.

The barrister said Doran would apologise to the police as he made a number of sectarian comments.

He had been given a lot of opportunities to go away before he was arrested.

A public prosecutor directed the judge to one of the statements containing comments which were sectarian. These were not read out in court.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said Doran had made ‘gross and offensive’ remarks.