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police hater Criminal who said he would like to torture cops' kids says he is 'ashamed'

"I can't remember saying the things I said to the police about tying up their kids," says John Patrick Nixon.

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John Patrick Nixon

John Patrick Nixon

John Patrick Nixon

A cop-hating criminal who told police he'd like to "tie up their children, torture them and make the peeler watch" says he's "ashamed" of himself.

John Patrick Nixon told the Sunday World he was "off his head" when he launched a verbal assault against police officers which was described by a judge earlier this year as "disgusting."

Nixon also mocked the brutal murders of PSNI officers Stephen Carroll and Ronan Kerr during the same incident, but a judge - who described Nixon as an "animal" - handed the Armagh man a suspended prison sentence.

"I can't remember saying the things I said to the police about tying up their kids, torturing them and making the cops watch," says Nixon.

"Look I hate the police, I hate prison officers but I'm not into violence and I was off my head when I said that stuff - I know it was wrong, it was too much and I'd never do that to anyone let alone a kid."

The 34-year-old, who has a shocking criminal record and has already spent 11 years of his life behind bars, is pictured here for the first time.

In a remarkably candid interview about his crimes, he says he's desperately trying to turn his life around and leave drugs and prison behind him.

We can reveal Nixon was once jailed for a shocking aggravated burglary of parochial house in Co Tyrone where priests were threatened with a knife and in 2017 he was jailed for robbing the home of a 75-year-old woman.

In an exclusive interview he reveals how he has battled addiction to drugs and heroin since he was a teenager.

And he says he's finished with crime, adding the attack on the priests was the worst thing he had ever done.

"I wasn't brought up like that," he told us. "My mum used to take me to mass twice a week, I had great parents and I put them through so much."

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Reporter Steven Moore talks to John Patrick Nixon

Reporter Steven Moore talks to John Patrick Nixon

Reporter Steven Moore talks to John Patrick Nixon

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Nixon has more than 70 convictions on his criminal record which started in 2002 and includes around 20 offences for burglary, eight of theft, four for robbery and three common assaults.

One of those convictions relates to the break-in at the parochial house in Cookstown during which he stole £500 in cash, the keys to a priest's car along with his mobile phone.

Along with an accomplice, Nixon ransacked downstairs of the priest's house on Convent Road, awoke one of the curates and threatened him with a knife before taking cash and the car.

"I could see the priest's house from my house and it was too easy," Nixon told us this week in an honest interview.

"I was off my head that time on ecstasy and drink. I still feel ashamed about that. My poor mum had to move out of Cookstown after that because she felt so embarrassed about what I had done."

Nixon told us he has been out of prison now for three years.

"It's the longest I've ever been out of jail since I was a kid and I have no intention of going back."

Nixon says he started robbing houses when he was just 17 and said at the time he was only smoking dope but he became addicted to the buzz he got from breaking into people's homes.

"I was just a teenager in Armagh when the police told me they reckoned I was responsible for about 75 per cent of all the house break-ins at the time - and they were probably right!

"One of the first ones I did was a taxi office. I cracked open the slot machine and took all the coins out but then I was out every night breaking into businesses and homes.

"The buzz of that was addictive. Then I started smoking heroin and I was hooked on that. I've nearly overdosed a few times and I have lost loads of friends who were really close to me to drugs.

"I'm staying in a hostel in Dungannon and I know there are people nearby who would love me to get back involved in drugs and crime but I just have to disassociate myself from them.

"It's no good for me because I don't want to go back to jail. I've wasted enough of my life already behind bars."

Nixon says during his many times in Maghaberry he crossed paths with loyalists including east Belfast UVF thug James Reid and also UDA 'C' Company killer Andrew Robinson.

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Constable Stephen Carroll

Constable Stephen Carroll

Constable Stephen Carroll

"In 2013 the loyalists were going to do me in proper," says Nixon. "I was in Braid House at the time and it was just after that British soldier Lee Rigby was murdered.

"There was a copy of the Sun which was running a poppy campaign to raise money in memory of Rigby and Help the Heroes.

"I got a copy of it and wrote, 'Bloody Sunday, Not Forgotten, we got 18 and Mountbatten' and I left it on the table the loyalists used to eat and it was Andrew Robinson who found it.

"For the next month it was really tense, there was loads of trouble until they moved me out of that wing for my own safety."

Despite his attempts to stay out of jail recently Nixon is lucky not to be behind bars after two incidents which both took place earlier this year.

Dungannon Magistrates Court heard on January 9 police were called to the home of Nixon's parents after he entered against their wishes.

On being spoken to, Nixon became aggressive. Police advised him to moderate his language, but he continued to be verbally abusive, calling police "black bastards" and making reference to Constables Carroll and Kerr.

He was arrested and following caution replied: "All I'm going to say is two-nil."

While being transported to custody Nixon repeated: "Constable Ronan, Constable Stephen, two-nil."

During interview, he replied 'no comment' to all questions.

Then on March 2, police were again called to reports of Nixon's behaviour where he immediately became aggressive when officers approached, shouting, "What do you black bastards want?"

Police warned him about his language but became even more aggressive shouting, "F*** you black bastards. You will all end up dead like the rest of your colleagues."

Nixon was arrested for disorderly behaviour and, while under caution on the way to custody, he continued to be aggressive, stating he supported the IRA.

He said: "I'd love to break into a police officer's house, tie up their children then torture them and make the peeler watch."

When reminded he was under caution, Nixon replied: "So what?"

A defending lawyer said the charges were accepted to which District Judge Michael Ranaghan responded: "What I have heard is disgusting."

The defence distinguished between comments made at the scene and those uttered "in transit to custody after he was arrested for disorderly behaviour".

However, he agreed they were "disgusting and reprehensible. There was no excuse."

Offending occurred, it was claimed, after Nixon "embarked on a period of drug-taking".

Judge Ranaghan referred to a pre-sentence report and, addressing Nixon, he said: "When asked to reflect upon your behaviour toward police, you said: 'They're probably used to it, albeit, it wasn't nice'. It was much worse than that. It was disgusting, animalistic, cowardly and shocking."

He continued: "You were brave then but you're not so brave standing in the dock. I'm sure if you met one of those officers today you wouldn't be brave either. If I had heard those comments as a police officer in a car with you, I'm not sure what I would have done quite frankly."

Nixon was told his drug problems are his own doing and "you do not ever have the right to speak to police officers about others so tragically affected by the behaviour of others. You should not be gloating about that."

Judge Ranaghan asked Nixon: "Is there anything you'd like to say to police about your behaviour?"

He replied: "It's in the pre-sentence report."

The judge added: "Say it now. Use the word disgusting for instance."

After some silence, Nixon responded: "I know what I said and I shouldn't have said it. It was wrong."

Judge Ranaghan said: "It was more than wrong. It was disgusting. My disgust to what this animal said on those nights has to be tempered."

While initially inclined toward immediate imprisonment, "on reflection" he imposed a sentence of eight months custody suspended for two years.

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