A woman whose arm was broken during her arrest for the attempted murder of two police officers said, “If I ever get out of here I’m going after that policeman and I’m going to break his arm.”
Leona Devlin, 32, of Mitchell Park, Dungiven, appeared before Derry Magistrates Court today via video link from Hydebank Prison. She is charged with two counts of attempted murder and possessing an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence. The alleged offences relate to November 25, 2013.
Devlin was arrested after she was police stopped her from, trying to harm herself with a knife. She became agitated and was then charged with the offences for which she remains in custody. Devlin sustained a broken arm during her arrest.
Devlin addressed District Judge Barney McElholm and asked: “Can I say something?”
He answered that she could then Devlin said: “If I ever get out of here I’m going after that policeman and I’m going to break his arm.”
District Judge Barney McElholm asked that the sound be turned down on the video link system.
Eoghan Devlin, defence counsel, who was making an application for Devlin’s bail said that he appreciated the ‘very obvious difficulties’ he was now facing. However, he said that the matter should be ‘straightforward’ and ‘shouldn’t be a case that would take months to see what’s going to happen’.
District Judge McElholm said that he agreed as there were ‘none of the usual difficulties such as forensics, multiple statements or CCTV’. He added that it ‘shouldn’t take very long’ but that the ‘question is what the charges will be’.
District Judge McElholm said: “I think serious charges will come out of it, maybe not those on the books at the minute but serious charges will remain.”
He added: “I certainly wouldn’t entertain a bail application, given the serious threats that have been made yet again. I consider her to be a risk to herself and other people. On two occasions now she has made a direct threat to one of the police officers in this case.
“Bail is refused.”
Devlin will appear back before the court again on February 20.
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team on 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories Or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Or you can email [email protected] or [email protected] at any time.