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22/09/2021

Court hears that Derry man spent three out of the last four Christmases in jail

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A man who a court was told had spent three of the last four Christmases in prison has been sentenced to 14 days in custody. John Paul Moore (22) of Carleton Court in Derry appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh charged with criminal damage to a police vehicle on May 24. He also faced a charge of criminal damage to a tag between June 21 and June 26 and obstructing police on June 21. The court heard on May 24 at 3.30am police attended to the Strand Foyer. They heard a loud bang and saw that a bottle had struck their vehicle. Moore was nearby and said 'just what I want I have got a bed for the night.' On June 21 police saw Moore 'stumbling' across the Strand Road with a glass of liquid in his hand. He was asked his name and gave a false name. It was also discovered that he had removed an electronic tag. Defence solicitor Ciaran Shields said that his client had spent a considerable period in custody in recent years. He added that it was likely that he would be spending this Christmas in custody as well as he faces more serious charges. Moore was sentenced to 14 days in custody.

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