Cookstown man who urinated in public during Apprentice Boys’ parade was ‘caught short’


A judge in Derry’s Magistrate’s Court has described a man’s actions during the Apprentice Boys’ parade in the city as ‘the sort of thing that brings these parades into disrepute.’

District Judge Barney McElholm fined Stephen Steele from Stewart Avenue in Cookstown £100 for urinating in a pathway at Clooney Terrace on 8th August, 2015. Prosecution outlined how the defendant had said he ‘wouldn’t do it again’ when questioned.

Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said it was a case of his client being ‘caught short’ but admitted that Steele, 28, had received a caution for a similar offence before.

Judge McElholm also ordered Steele to pay the householder £100 compensation for the “offensive” behaviour.