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Judge asks: "When will nonsense ever stop?" after Derry court told police stop local man 'every time they see him'
12 Nov 2018
Derry Magistrate's Court heard today that it was 'common knowledge' that police stop a local man 'every time they see him.' Jude McCrory (21) of Magowan Park in Derry who is charged with taking part in an illegal parade in April appeared on a charge breaching bail on November 11. A police officer told the court that at 1.20 am police observed McCrory outside a city centre bar. They watched as he then walked down Fahan Street and when they signalled him to stop using their blue lights he made off onto Lisfannon Park thus breaching his bail which prohibits him from entering the Bogside. The officer said the defendant would have been aware of the police presence as they were right alongside him. The court was told that the bail conditions were in place to prevent McCrory re-offending. Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey said his client had been in court last week on a charge of breaching bail by attending the Halloween parade. He said he had told the court that he was going to apply to have the bail varied to allow McCrory into the Bogside except during the Lundy's Day Parade next month. He said his client believed that the bail had been varied. District Judge Barney McElholm then asked: "When will this nonsense ever stop?' The judge went on to ask where we stuck 'in some sort of Groundhog Day?' He said he would give McCrory the benefit of the doubt and released him on bail to appear again on November 14.
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