Woman jumped on PSNI car shouting ‘Up the ‘Ra’

Woman jumped on PSNI car shouting ‘Up the ‘Ra’

9 October 2019

A DOWNPATRICK woman jumped on the roof of a police car and shouted “Up the ‘Ra” in front of concert goers in Belfast, a court has heard.

Kerry Anne Crane was given 12 months probation for her outburst at the Belsonic music festival over the summer.

The 29-year-old, of Colmcille Road, was convicted of criminal damage and two separate counts of disorderly behaviour.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court was told on Monday she climbed on to the bonnet of the police car on June 22 at the Ormeau Embankment.

A prosecutor said Crane then walked up on to the roof, jumped up and down and shouted “Up the ‘Ra”.

Large crowds were in the area at the time for the Belsonic festival in nearby Ormeau Park.

The actions resulted in a number of dents to the car’s bodywork.

When the defendant was arrested and cautioned she replied: “No, I just want to go home.”

In a second incident at a police checkpoint on Bryson Street in the city on July 13 she shouted similar slogans and made hand gestures at officers, according to the prosecution.

A glass bottle was also smashed at the scene.

A defence barrister stressed his client’s remorse at her behaviour.

“She accepts full responsibility, she is ashamed of her actions,” he told the court.

Mr Curran submitted that Crane has suffered a combination of mental health difficulties and alcohol addiction, but had remained sober since July.