Man sorry for shouting abuse over police murders
A man who admitted shouting derogatory remarks about the murders of constables Ronan Kerr and Stephen Carroll has apologised in court to the families of both officers and to the PSNI.
Barry Coyle, 20, from Cable Street in Londonderry, appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court.
He pleaded guilty to two charges of disorderly behaviour.
Coyle will be sentenced to community service next month following the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
A prosecution barrister told district judge Barney McElholm that in the early hours of 18 December 2011, Coyle was verbally abusive to police officers at Shipquay street and in the Diamond in Derry.
Coyle said constables Kerr and Carroll both got what they deserved and after his arrest he continued to verbally abuse the police.
Defence solicitor Gareth McFadden said Coyle totally and unreservedly disassociated himself from his comments which he made when heavily intoxicated.
Coyle replied yes when the district judge asked him if he would now apologise to the families of both constables and to the PSNI in general for his remarks.
Mr McElhom said he would sentence Coyle to community service next month following the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
He said on the same day he would order Coyle to pay compensation to the PSNI benevolent fund.