Police called ‘Irish pigs’ by Latvian national

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POLICE who came to the aid of a drunk man whom they thought was injured, were met with a volley of racist abuse, East Tyrone Magistrates Court has heard.

Latvian national Andrej Konosenko (30) from Windmill Drive, Dungannon was found lying on the ground by police in the John Street area of the town on April 2, and he immediately became verbally abusive when they tried to help.

He swore at officers telling them to “F*** off Irish pigs” and continued shouting abuse at the top of his voice.

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He was warned to calm down but refused and deliberately dug his nail into the hand of officer who was attempting to restrain him.

This caused an injury which drew blood.

He shouted a number of insults deriding the officers and stating “Latvian police are serious”. Konosenko was arrested and placed in a police vehicle but whilst being conveyed to Dungannon Police Station he continued to be abusive shouting, “F*** off you Irish pigs. You have problems. Russian police are cool.

“Irish are chimpanzees.”

He was reminded he was still under caution and his remarks would be repeated to the court.

To this Konosenko replied, “F*** the Irish judge. The f***ing Irish pig judge.”

Whilst being booked into custody the defendant continued to shout and refused to co-operate with police.

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In court, Konosenko smiled and laughed as the facts were being presented and relayed to him by an interpreter.

District Judge John Meehan ruled the case was serious enough to require pre-sentence reports.

He remanded Konosenko on continuing bail to return for sentencing on June 3.