A man who hurled sectarian abuse at police officers, calling them “Orange b*******”, was surprised when one replied to him in Irish, a court has been told.
The Magistrates Court in Londonderry heard that on February 12 police were investigating an assault when Paul Doherty (19), who was in a group of about eight other males, began shouting abuse.
He called police “Orange b*******” and other insults.
Doherty, of Collon Lane, was arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour.
Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said that his client began to see the contradiction in his actions when one of the officers began speaking Irish to him.
The solicitor said that recent events in Doherty's life had forced him to take stock of his affairs.
He was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years, and fined £120.