Viagra found on parade arrest teen

Published Monday, 12 August 2013
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A Viagra tablet was found on a 19-year-old man who was arrested during Saturday's Apprentice Boys parade in the city centre, the Magistrate's Court in Derry has heard.

Viagra found on parade arrest teen
Connolly, 19, ran away from police - but was eventually caught. (© UTV)

Stefan Connolly, from Deramore Drive in the Strathfoyle area of the city, appeared in court charged with doing a provocative act during the parade, disorderly behaviour, obstructing a police sergeant and with possessing the Class C drug Viagra.

A police officer told Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy that the defendant ran off when he was approached by officers after he shouted "Up The Ra" at a Loyalist band during Saturday's parade.

The officer said Connolly ran through the Richmond Shopping Centre and down Shipquay Street followed by police officers who eventually caught him hiding among a group of tourists walking along the city walls.

She said that she believed that the defendant's "Up The Ra" comment was a hate motivated crime.

When he was searched in Strand Road police station following his arrest, police found a green tablet on the defendant which he said was "Viagra which had been given to him by a friend earlier in the day".

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Ciaran McGuinness described Connolly's behaviour as stupid.

"He says he shouted it for a bit of craic and then stupidly tried to evade the police. It was not his intention to cause a disturbance. He was simply acting the big man in front of his friends and he had ended up in court," he said.

Mr Kennedy refused bail because he believed there was a high likelihood of the defendant re-offending and he remanded him in custody until 5 September.

© UTV News
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37 Comments
William Pearse in Broughshane wrote (432 days ago):
Being a hard man ,obviously didn't impress the woman police officer!
muckers in greenisland wrote (433 days ago):
I have needed to use viagra now for several years for medical reasons so its hard for me to see young guys passing them around like sweets just for fun.i
muckers in greenisland wrote (433 days ago):
The young lads today think you rub viagra in your eyes to make you look hard. Lol
Peter in N/abbey wrote (434 days ago):
An you're posts are getting harder and harder to read!! Louts wrecking the city as you describe it is nothing compared what the IRA tried to do it... You talk some bile....
ray in Belfast wrote (434 days ago):
He should be given a stiff sentence by the courts !!
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