Officer called ‘tout and traitor’ in Woodhouse Street incident


A 28-year-old man told a police officer he was a “tout and a traitor” when officers on the scene of a fight in Woodhouse Street.

Rory Grimley, Garvaghy Road, Portadown, admitted four charges when he appeared last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Through a solicitor he pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour, assaulting a constable, resisting a constable and obstructing an officer on November 25, 2013.

The court heard that at 1.20am in Woodhouse Street a number of males were fighting and police saw three of them walking in the direction of the Tunnel.

They spoke to the defendant who was highly intoxicated and unsteady on his feet.

Police told him he had been seen on CCTV involved in a fight and asked him for his name and address but he refused to give his details.

He said ‘f—k you’ to police and added ‘get your f—king hands off me you tramp. F—k you, f—king police brutality.”

Grimley attempted to pull a wiper off a police vehicle and reached out at an officer with his right hand. He struggled and had to be restrained on the ground.

He told an officer “you are nothing but a tout and a traitor”.

When interviewed he said he could not remember anything.

A solicitor representing Grimley said he was very ashamed of his behaviour.

He explained that he had been out drinking with friends and the assault on police was reactive. When he was being arrested he stupidly lashed out.

The solicitor said Grimley had never been before any court before.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said he would adjourn the case for a short sentence report to consider options like probation and community service.

He adjourned the matter until Wednesday, February 25.