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Judge jails drunk who said he wanted to blow him up

By George Jackson

A man who told police officers that he would love to blow up a judge and his children, has been jailed for three months by the same judge he threatened.

Gary Campbell (28), of Northland Road, Londonderry, was sentenced at the city’s Magistrate's Court afteradmitting disorderly behaviour in Altnagelvin Hospital's accident and emergency department and assaulting a police officer by hitting her on the head with a bottle of water.

Campbell, who committed the offences on February 29, was brought to hospital by ambulance after he was found in a distressed state in the Marlborough area of the city.

A prosecution solicitor told District Judge Barney McElholm that police were called to the hospital when Campbell became threatening and abusive to medical staff.

The solicitor said Campbell ignored several police requests to calm down and when he was arrested he made insulting comments about the Real IRA murder of Constable Stephen Carroll.

“He also said: “'I would love to blow Barney McElholm and his children up because he is another dirty Orange scumbag b******d,” the solicitor said.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey said Campbell was drunk at the time and was horrified when told what he'd said.

Mr McElholm jailed Campbell and called his behaviour disgraceful and his comments vile.

“I do not care what he has to say about me, but the comments about Constable Carroll were disgusting and to make them in a place of sanctuary where hospital staff are treating people makes it even worse,” he said.

Constable Carroll was the first PSNI officer to be murdered by dissident republicans. Two men were found guilty of his murder.

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