Jail for drunk who terrified girls on bus

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A MAN terrified three young girls on a bus by singing sectarian songs while armed with a craft knife.

Raymond Andrew Derrick was jailed for three years at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday for the “extremely” drunken incident, during which he was ‘shouting, swearing and stamping his feet”.

The court heard three girls – aged 13, 14 and 15 – were among the passengers on the bus between Tranent, East Lothian, and Edinburgh, in November 2010.

Prosecutor John Kirk said that Derrick, 29, “was drunk” when he boarded the number 26 bus.

“He started singing sectarian songs, shouting, swearing and stamping his feet,” said Mr Kirk. “The accused then stated he would slash people, and dropped out of his bag a Stanley knife.”

Derrick admitted a charge of breach of the peace aggravated by religious prejudice and a charge of possessing a knife.