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Thug told police he would put them in an early grave

By Eamonn McDermott

A man who told police "I'll put you in an early grave" has been jailed.

Terence Doherty (38), of Dunluce Court in Londonderry, admitted a series of public order and assault offences that occurred in May and August this year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that on May 22 police were called to an address where the defendant's father asked for Doherty to be removed as he was causing an ongoing disturbance.

When he was approached by police he said "I'll put you in an early grave", and once placed in a police vehicle he spat at one officers face and then spat all around the vehicle.

When cautioned he replied: "Barney McElholm won't give a f*** about a c*** like me." (Mr McElholm is a District Judge).

On May 23 police were again called to the same address and told that Doherty had smashed glasses in the house.

Police went to a nearby shop where Doherty was and he refused to leave and was abusive.

He was brought outside and dragged his feet shouting and swearing at police.

The court also heard that on August 20 police were called to a local hotel where some customers were refusing to leave and being aggressive.

When police arrived Doherty and another man were walking away and when stopped the defendant grabbed an officer and tried to topple him over.

Then on August 24 police received reports of cars being damaged in Cedar Street.

When they arrived they found wing mirrors broken on two cars and dents in the bodywork.

When Doherty was arrested he refused to leave the police vehicle and tried to kick an officer.

He told police he had been abusing alcohol and cocaine.

Defence counsel Paul Kearney said his client was trying to change his ways.

Doherty was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

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