Man is convicted after making sectarian remarks

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A 29-year-old man who said an area in Portadown was for “fenians and taigs” was convicted of a hate crime last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Jonathan Duddy, whose address was given as Parkmore, Craigavon, appeared in court by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.

He was sentenced to three months in prison for making a threat to destroy a dwelling in Clonmeen on December 13 last year and given a concurrent three-month prison term for assault on a female on the same date.

Two concurrent prison terms of three months were imposed for disorderly behaviour and obstructing police on June 7 this year, making a total of three months in prison.

He was also ordered to pay a £25 offender’s levy.

The court heard that on December 13 last year police called at a house in Clonmeen where the injured party said that Duddy, who had alcohol taken, had been involved in an argument. The defendant left and then returned, threatening her, and she feared she was going to be assaulted.

A public prosecutor said that the offences on July 7 were being treated as a hate crime because of the sectarian nature.

The court heard that just after 6am Duddy was seen running from Churchill Park to Ballyoran which would be a nationalist area.

He had a Northern Ireland flag and said “this area is for the fenians and taigs” and when stopped by police he said “you are a fenian c—t”. He continued his behaviour in that way.

A barrister representing Duddy said the hate crime was out of character although he had a lengthy record.

She added that he had significant difficulties with alcohol and an issue with drugs which he had dealt with.

Deputy District Judge Amanda Brady said that custody was inevitable.