Man jibes police over murdered prison officer, court hears

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A YOUNG man who made reference to murdered prison officer David Black from Cookstown during an incident with police in Magherafelt, was described by the District Judge as an “objectionable and horrible person” with drink taken.

Before the local Magistrates Court was Eoin O’Neill (22), of Killowen Drive in the town, who is accused of disorderly behaviour, assaulting a police constable, and resisting police at Queen Street on November 5 last.

A PPS lawyer said police on foot patrol in the town centre saw the defendant drinking outside a takeaway and warned him about on-street drinking.

She said O’Neill started shouting “Up the ‘Ra” and calling police “black b...ds”. She claimed defendant also shouted at one constable, “David Black got two in the back and you will too.” He also kicked out at one officer.

District Judge Desmond Perry, ordering a probation report, noted the offences occurred while O’Neill was being given a chance by a previous court.

He adjourned the case until October 2 to allow a report to be prepared, and also warned O’Neill that he needed to do something about his alcohol consumption.