A man from Londonderry who made what a judge described as “an incredibly disgusting remark” about the Omagh bomb, was fined when he appeared before Londonderry Magistrate’s Court.
John Christopher Edwards (23), of St Brigid’s Avenue, faced two charges of disorderly behaviour, which occurred within 45 minutes of each other.
The court was told that, on January 18 a police patrol was at Union Hall Place when Edwards stood in front of the vehicle. Police sounded the horn but he refused to move and when police got out and asked him for details Edwards refused to give them.
He was placed in the police vehicle and then gave his details, but became abusive.
Around 45 minutes later, as police were responding to a different incident, again Edwards stood on front of the Land Rover and refused to move.
Spoken to again, he was abusive before making off.
A short time later he was seen nearby and when approached by police he was abusive and told them to “go f--k”.
He also shouted: “Am I doing anything wrong?” at the police, before shouting at officers: “Go f--k. You are finished when I get outside.”
At this point, the court was told, Edwards said: “Omagh got the reality it deserved”.
Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said that Edwards came from a decent family who were mortified when the police came to their door.
Imposing a fine of £300 on Edwards, Deputy District Judge Peter King asked why on earth Edwards would think that what he said was an appropriate remark?