Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Yob jailed over Ronan Kerr comments

A district Judge yesterday jailed for three months a 33-year-old man who made derogatory remarks about murdered PSNI officer Ronan Kerr.

Constable Kerr was killed instantly when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his car outside his home in Omagh last April.

At the Magistrates Court in Londonderry yesterday, Stephen Paul Coyle, from Mimosa Court in the Waterside, pleaded guilty to breaching a security cordon and resisting a police officer during a bomb alert in Derry city on May 27.

District Judge Barney McElholm was told that Coyle, who had 115 previous convictions, lifted the police tape at the cordoned off area and insisted he was going to a nearby fishing tackle shop.

When an officer ran towards him, Coyle became aggressive and abusive and then made the comment about Constable Kerr.

Jailing Coyle for three months, the judge said his comments about the slain officer, which were not read out in court, "go beyond the distasteful".

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