Eglinton man abused police after domestic

Limavady Courthouse
Limavady Courthouse

An Eglinton who resisted police told them “I hope you die like Ronan Kerr”, a court has heard.

Mark Robert William Olphert, from Madison Avenue, Eglinton, appeared at Limavady Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, December 30, where he was sentenced for resisting a police officer and being disorderly on August 7.

The court heard Olphert, 35, made the comments when police came to arrest him.

When police took Olphert outside he struggled and shouted: “Black b*******” and ‘Fenian b*******”, and said: “I hope you die like Ronan Kerr.”

When cautioned, Olphert, a deli chef, said again: “I hope you die like Ronan Kerr.”

During interview, Olphert was extremely aggressive, the court heard.

Defence counsel, Nicki Rountree, said Olphert had been in an argument with his partner and a neighbour called the police. Ms Rountree said the situation escalated rather quickly, and it was a stressful situation.

Ms Rountree said: “All rational thinking had gone out the window.”

She said the sentiments expressed by Olphert were not the sentiments he held, and he would not have made the comments other than for a large amount of alcohol he’d taken.

The court heard Olphert did apologise to the officers for the comments he made to them and about their past colleague.

Judge Liam McNally imposed a sentence of five months jail suspended for three years.