A Dungannon man who was verbally and racially abusive to police, calling one officer an ‘Irish pig’ while drunk outside Lidl in the town has been sentenced to a total of four months in jail.
Andrej Konosenko (30) from Windmill Drive, was also fined £100 and ordered to pay an offender’s levy of £15 when he admitted being drunk, using disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting police on April 2 in John Street in Dungannon.
A lawyer for the PPS said police detected two men on the footpath at Lidl in John Street, one standing up and one lying down on the ground, both of whom were intoxicated.
Their eyes were glazed, their speech was slurred and the man who was standing had difficulty keeping his balance, Dungannon Magistrates Court heard.
The prosecuting lawyer said police approached Konosenko and he grabbed the officer and said: “No, you f**k off.’
He then pushed the officer and then said: “F**k you, you f**king Irish pig,” the court heard.
The court heard that the defendant was arrested, but struggled with police and refused to allow the officer to handcuff him.
Konosenko refused to let go of a fence, the lawyer said.
The lawyer said Konosenko was aggressive and told the officer: “F**k off, you Irish pig.”
He further stated: “F**K the Irish pig Judge,” the court heard.
A defence solicitor said Konosenko did not help himself in any way and that the incident reflected badly on him.
He added that Konosenko had behaved erratically.
The solicitor said Konosenko had no memory of making derogatory remarks about the police and the court system.
And he added that Konosenko offered his apologies to the court, but realised that this may fall on deaf ears due to the nature of the incident.
Imposing sentences of three months, four months and two months to run concurrently, District Judge John Meehan told last Wednesday’s sitting of Dungannon Magistrates Court that Konosenko’s behaviour was ‘appalling’ and had ‘racist overtones.’