Derry woman warned to stay away from bad influences

A woman was told at Derry magistrate's Court to 'stay away from anyone who will lead her into temptation.'

32-year-old Edel McLaughlin of 2g Lisfannon Park in Derry was charged with a series of disorderly behaviours and resisting police.

The court was told that on May 31 McLaughlin entered a fast food outlet in the city and began creating a disturbance.

She started shouting and then grabbed a brush and threw it across the shop.

She told a Filipino member of staff 'Youa re coming here and taking all our jobs.'

She also pushed pushed other customers and when police arrived she resisted them struggling as they tried to arrest her.

When interviewed she said that she could remember nothing as she was intoxicated.

Defence solicitor Mr. Paddy MacDermott told the court that his client had been off drink altogether but then she fell into company she should not have been keeping and fell off the wagon.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that he would formally defer sentence for six months.

He told McLaughlin that if she stayed out of trouble for that period and addressed her alcohol problems nothing would happen.

He added that if she offended in that period she would go straight to jail.
She will appear again on March 15.