09 Aug 2022

Derry man breaking into supermarket with shovel shouted at cops, 'You're looking for me'.

A Derry man who attempted to break into a supermarket using a shovel and shouted at police officers 'you're looking for me' has been jailed for six months. Aidan Hannigan (25) of Osborne Street in Derry admitted two disorderly behaviors and a charge of criminal damage to a police vehicle on June 12. The Court heard police were called to Osborne Street and saw Hannigan shouting in the street. They approached him and saw he had a cut on his cheek and a swollen eye. He was asked what had happened and said he fell. Officers turned on their body worn cameras and Hannigan began shouting into the camera. He was warned about his behaviour but persisted and was arrested. While in a police vehicle he kicked out, damaging a panel. Hannigan was taken to the hospital for treatment and continued to be disorderly to officers and staff. In a separate incident on July 25, police were called to a local supermarket after reports of a man entering a store room and stole goods valued at £24. A short time later Hannigan returned to the shutters at the rear of the store and when he could not gain access he tried to force them open with a shovel. When police went seeking him he shouted at them, 'You're looking for me.' Defence barrister Stephen Mooney said his client had been consuming alcohol since age 14. He said he had not been before the court for a period. District Judge Barney McElholm said Hannigan was released on bail for the disorderly behaviors but still went and offended with the burglary. He sentenced him to six months in custody.

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