10 Aug 2022

Bail refused to 'violent individual' charged with Derry murder

"A man charged with the murder of Edward Meenan in Derry in November last year has been described in court as a 'violent individual" after a court was told he had convictions for injuring a 76-year-old with a weapon and assaulting another person with a bottle. Derek Creswell (26), of no fixed abode. is charged with one count of murder of Mr Meenan (pictured) on November 25. At a bail application today at Derry Magistrate's Court. a police officer said he was one of three men police believed had assaulted Mr Meenan. Telling the court Creswell made no comment during police interviews, the officer said there was forensic evidence against the accused with a blood stain on his shoe linked to the deceased. She said police had concerns about an address put forward for Creswell and that he had a record for violent offences informing the court that in December 2013 he had been convicted of attacking a 76-year-old man during a hijacking, leaving the victim with slice wounds and that in 2014 he had been convicted of assaulting someone with a bottle. The officer told the court Creswell had claimed he had been drinking all night with one of his co-accused but CCTV disproved this. Opposing bail on the grounds there were fears of further offences, the officer told the court there were fears he would interfere with witnesses and may not turn up for trial. She also said police feared a "community reaction" if Creswell was released. Defence solicitor, Michael Magee, asked had his client been spoken to by police on the morning of the murder and was told he had. He then asked was he at the same address when police returned later to arrest him and again the officer agreed. The officer was asked about delays in the forensic reports, to which she replied "unfortunately, there had been a number of murders this year" and there was a queue for forensics. Stating the case was a "very complex one," Mr Magee said the accused could spend a "significant period in custody before this case is dealt with." Pointing out Creswell faced the most serious offence known to the law, District Judge Barney McElholm said Creswekk was clearly a "violent individual," adding the court had been told there could be "a serious risk of public disorder" if Creswell was released. Adding his "primary duty" was to protect the public, Mr McElholm said was not a suitable candidate for bail and remanded him in custody to appear again this Friday, 29 March.

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