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23/09/2021

Derry court hears of incident in the Waterside area of the city last night where man pulled out knife after entering shop

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A Derry man has been remanded in custody at the local Magistrate's Court over an incident involving a knife in the Waterside area of the city last night. Gary Neeson (25) of Bond's Hill in Derry appeared charged with possessing a knife in Clooney Terrace, assaulting a police officer and assaulting another man on September 13. Tbe Court heard that a police patrol saw Neeson being restrained by a man. They stopped and were told Neeson had pulled a knife after he had entered a shop and been asked to leave. A struggle had ensued and Neeson was said to have pulled a knife before the man kicked it out of his hand. When arrested Neeson spat at an officer and was found to have consumed alcohol in breach of his bail conditions. A police officer opposed bail and said Neeson had 44 previous convictions and this was his 9th breach of bail. Defence barrister Stephen Chapman said his client had come off Xanax and substituted it with alcohol. District Judge Barney McElholm said if Neeson had appeared in court in England 'his feet would not have touched the ground he would have gone straight to the Crown Court.' He refused bail and remanded Neeson in custody. Neeson pleaded not to be sent to prison but the judge said he had had his chance. He will appear again on October 11.

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