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Drunk told officers he hoped they get blown up

A County Londonderry man who told police officers he hoped they got "blown up" has been ordered to donate £300 to the PSNI Benevolent Fund.

Francis Devine (20) appeared at Derry Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour in Claudy on December 17 last year.

The court heard that Devine, a dry liner from Millside Crescent in Park, was charged after shouting abuse at police officers outside a bar on Claudy's Main Street.

He was heavily intoxicated at the time and continued to verbally abuse police officers after he was arrested.

District Judge Barney McElholm was told that Devine shouted at police officers: "I hope you get blown up. I hope there is a bomb in that bin in front of you."

Defence solicitor Paddy McDaid said Devine's comments were "completely inappropriate and he is ashamed of his actions. Since his arrest he realises that this type of behaviour is unacceptable".

The District Judge fined Devine £200 and ordered him to donate £300 to the PSNI's Benevolent Fund, saying his comments were "completely disgraceful remarks for one human being to make to others".

Belfast Telegraph

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