March in the dark, judge tells loyalist yob
Published 08/07/2014 | 02:30
A judge has told a loyalist that one way around Northern Ireland's parading problems could be to have parades in the middle of the night.
Londonderry District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment after Jeffrey Lynch (24), from Drumgesh Gardens in the Waterside, admitted disorderly behaviour after last year's Lundy's Day Parade on December 8.
The court was told Lynch, a member of the Caw Flute Band, spent the day drinking after taking part in the Derry parade.
In the early hours of the morning Lynch and five other bandsmen decided to walk home from the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall in Society Street after they had tried unsuccessfully to get a taxi.
Police spoke to the group in Spencer Road and a drunken Lynch told one of the officers: "F*** off you Fenian loving b******." He was then arrested for disorderly behaviour.
Imposing a fine of £150, Mr McElholm said: "Maybe it's one way of solving the parading problems – by having them in the middle of the night."