A MAN who shouted he wanted police to be blown to pieces claimed in court that his comments were in response to a gypsy curse.
Edward McDonagh from Station Yard, Station Road, Coalisland appeared in court last Friday charged with disorderly behaviour and resisting police.
The court heard police had stopped a woman driver in William Street, Cookstown on May 29 this year. The defendant was a passenger in the vehicle and started to shout at police saying: “If there is a God may you be killed tonight.”
He was warned by police to stop shouting however McDonagh shouted: “If there is a God may you be blown up into many pieces.”
The 36-year-old was arrested but struggled with police and continue to shout abuse such as “May you and your colleagues be killed”.
When he arrived at the police station he refused to answer any questions. The court heard the defendant had been highly intoxicated at the time.
His solicitor said that as a result of this incident he and his wife had separated and he had given up alcohol.
The solicitor explained that McDonagh had been at the Royal Hotel in Cookstown at a christening. He had been in a taxi to go home when he was attacked by his two cousins who had hit him on the head.
He managed to get away and his wife took the vehicle.
The solicitor told the court the verbal assaults were a response to a gypsy curse that his cousins had given him.
He said his client would like to apologise to the court and to personally apologise to the officer involved.
Magistrate John Meehan fined McDonagh £200 for the verbal assaults and £100 for resisting arrest.