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18/09/2021

Derry man remanded in custody after police warn of further disturbances in the city due to bonfire planned for Wednesday night

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A police officer has said there are fears there could be disturbances around the bonfire planned for Wednesday night during the case of a Derry man charged with taking part in an illegal parade. The comments came during an application to vary bail for Paul McIntyre (50), of Ballymagowan Park in Derry, who is charged in connection with taking part in an illegal parade in April. At today's sitting defence solicitor Mr Paddy MacDermott said his client wanted his curfew removed. He said a judge had said at a previous application in July that in light of the disturbances in the city in that month the application was premature. Mr MacDermott said in light of the fact that the weekend had passed off peacefully perhaps the application could be considered. A police officer objected stating that there was a likelihood of disorder around the bonfire and that McIntyre associated with people who may well be involved in any disorder. She said that the PPS was considering a report about the defendant in regards to disturbances in 2016 linked to bonfires. District Judge Barney McElholm said he would not consider the application until after Wednesday's bonfire and the case was adjourned until Thursday.

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