Told officer '˜go f--k yourself you a-shole'

A man who was ejected from Kelly's nightclub in Portrush told a police officer when cautioned: 'Go f--k yourself you a-sehole'.

Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel
Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel
Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel

The incident happened on October 19 and Francis Paul McCormick (36), unemployed, whose address was given as Glebe Avenue, Coleraine, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court on November 14 where he pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour.

A prosecutor said at 11.25pm McCormick was shouting and swearing loudly as he was being escorted by doorstaff and when a policewoman spoke to him he started to swearing, saying: “F--k you, it has got f--k all to do with you.”

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said alcohol played a role and said his client, who had an extensive record, believed he was “unfairly” put out of the premises.

The judge noted there was no violence in the incident as McCormick was fined £300.

Francis McCormick’s brother John McCormick (25) was shot dead as he watched tv at home in Coleraine’s Ballysally estate in 2001.

In 2008 Francis McCormick was found not guilty of two charges of attempting to murder a man and woman in Coleraine on May 21, 2005, but was jailed for other offences in relation to the incident.

McCormick had been accused of repeatedly driving a car at them in the Ashbourne Park area of Coleraine on the night in question. It was alleged during the trial that he had intended to kill both, or to seriously injure them. In 2012 when already on parole for grievous bodily harm through dangerous driving in relation to the Ashbourne Park incident, McCormick was sentenced to four years and ten months for the manslaughter of Trevor Spiers in December 2009.

Trevor Spiers was killed during a brawl outside a Portstewart night club. McCormick had originally been charged with murder and was told he would serve two years and 10 months in prison and then be released on supervised licensed parole for the same period for manslaughter.