10 Aug 2022

Derry woman banned from having a mobile phone as part of her bail conditions

A 39-year-old Derry woman charged with wasting police time had been banned from having a mobile phone. Philomena Curran, of Glenabbey Crescent in Derry, appeared in court earlier this week in relation to a bail application over charges of wasting police time on August 17 and August 2. The court was told the defendant had phoned the emergency services claiming she was going to kill herself. The court heard that on August 17 Curran was made to Telecare, a service which provides assistance to people concerned for their personal well-being, stating that she was going to cut her wrists. When Curran was questioned about the matter she laughed. An hour later another call was made to the service and Curran was arrested for wasting police time. On August 21, a further call was made to Telecare and they believed they recognised Curran's voice. The defendant again claimed she was going to cut her wrists. The court was told that it appeared that Curran simply wanted the police to respond. Defence solicitor Michael McGee said the main issue was whether voice analysis would be carried out and it appeared that no one was prepared to pay for it. He said in that case there was no evidence and it was 'extremely unlikely' there would be a prosecution. Deputy District Judge Liam McStay said he had to consider if there was a prima face case. Curran was released on her own bail of £200 on condition she does not have a mobile phone. The case was adjourned until October 8.

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