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I'm no puppet, judge tells Dutch man who assaulted Derry police

By George Jackson

A Dutchman who moved to Northern Ireland six years ago was spoken to in his native language by a local police officer when he was arrested for disorderly behaviour in the Waterside area of Londonderry earlier this year, a court heard.

Peter Bos (48), from Columba Terrace in the city, was arrested when he verbally abused police officers on duty at a Royal Navy parade outside Clooney Terrace Church of Ireland Church last May 7.

A Public Prosecution Service solicitor told District Judge Barney McElholm that Bos became irate when he saw several cars parked on yellow lines close to the church.

"One of the officers, who is fluent in Dutch, spoke to Bos in his native language and told him to moderate his behaviour. He advised Bos to move on but the defendant became more violent," he said.

"He lashed out at one of the officers cutting him several times in the arm and when he was arrested he refused to give his details.

"He also made comments which were dismissive of the criminal justice system... he shouted at the police: 'You are puppets of the State and so is the judge'."

Bos was convicted of disorderly behaviour and of assaulting, obstructing and resisting police officers.

The District Judge imposed a two-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, for each offence.

"I do not know how long this man has been here but he should know judges are not puppets of the State," Mr McElholm said.

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