The man accused of murdering prison officer David Black has been jailed for three months after he called a cop a “ginger c***”.
Sean McVeigh 33 from Lurgan was due to appeal his conviction at Craigavon County Court on Friday but his defence lawyer told the court that after taking “specific instructions and with the circumstances of his particular situation,” he was withdrawing the appeal at which point Judge Stephen Fowler QC affirmed the three month jail term.
Earlier this month McVeigh, from Victoria Street in Lurgan, was convicted of disorderly behaviour at the Rectory Road in the town on 9 June last year.
The court heard that police officers were dealing with an ambulance crew when McVeigh walked past drinking from a bottle of alcohol but when asked to put it away, he told the officer to “f*** off you ginger c***”.
Arrested, charged and cautioned, McVeigh was recorded as stating: “who is your boss, Matt Bagott? Tell him he’s a c*** as well”.
McVeigh is accused of the murder of prison officer David Black and possessing an AK47 assault rifle on 1 November 2012.
David Black, a 52-year-old father-of-two was gunned down on the M1 motorway as he drove to work at the high security Maghaberry prison.