Judge suggests night-time parading

Published Tuesday, 08 July 2014
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The District Judge at the Magistrate's Court in Derry has suggested that one way around Northern Ireland's parading problems could be to have parades in the middle of the night.

Judge suggests night-time parading
The judge suggested parading in the dark in court on Tuesday. (© Getty)

Barney McElholm made the comment in the case of Jeffrey Lynch, 24, from Drumgesh Gardens in the Waterside area of the city.

Lynch pleaded guilty to committing the offence of disorderly behaviour after last year's Lundy's Day Parade in Derry on 8 December.

The court was told Lynch, a member of the Caw Flute Band, spent the day drinking after taking part in last year's parade.

In the early hours of the morning, he and five other bandsmen decided to walk home from the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall in Society Street after they'd tried unsuccessfully to get a taxi.

They walked through the Fountain Estate and onto the Craigavon Bridge. But as they walked along the inside traffic lane on the bridge, members of a passing police patrol stopped and told them to walk on the footpath, which they did.

A few minutes later they were again spoken to by the police, this time in Spencer Road.

On this occasion, a drunken Lynch used offensive language to an officer.

He was then arrested for disorderly behaviour.

A defence solicitor said Lynch, who works in a local DIY store, did not remember making the comment because he was so drunk, but he did admit "using colourful language" for which he apologised.

"The comment in no way reflects his personal or political opinions," the solicitor said.

Imposing a fine of £150, Mr McElholm said: "Maybe it's one way of solving the parading problems by having them in the middle of the night."

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