Viagra found on parade arrest teen

Viagra found on parade arrest teen

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.

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

Elsewhere on the Web

More Top Stories

UTV Digest

Your daily digest of the most popular UTV Stories

Back to Top