29 Sept 2022

'Prolific offender' with 94 previous convictions refused bail at Derry court

A man described by police as "a prolific offender" with 94 previous convictions has been refused bail at Derry Magistrate's Court. Conor Lishman (31), of Clarendon Street in Derry, appeared charged with a series of offences that were said to have occurred in September and October last year. The court was told that the offences in September were mostly driving but in October he faced charges of threats to kill and assault. The court heard that on 18 October police received a report from Lishman's former partner to say that he had entered a property property waving a knife around and threatening to cut the female and a man. He was said to have punched the man several times before leaving with the mobile phones belonging to the pair. The woman told police she went outside to try and get the phone and he had thrown her to the ground by her hair. The officer said she was objecting to bail on the grounds of the risk of further offences. She said these offences occurred shortly after Lishman was released from prison for offences against the same injured party. The officer said the address being proposed was too close and added there was a significant domestic history between the pair. Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court he had been told the woman resided in the Waterside area but the officer said she believed she lived on the city side. Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop said there was a risk of further offences and refused bail. Lishman will appear again on 14 February.

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