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24/09/2021

Derry woman appears in court after making over 150 nuisance calls to the emergency services last year

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A woman who made more that 150 calls to the emergency services in 2017 and has continued to do so this year has appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh. Philomena Curran (39) of Glenabbey Crescent in Derry was charged with breaching her bail by pulling the emergency cord in her flat claiming she was going to kill herself on July 16. A police officer told the court attended and found it to be 'a non-genuine report' and that Curran had breached her bail by contacting services when it was not an emergency. The court was told that while police had sympathy for Curran her reports 'take police off the streets at a time when they are badly needed on the streets'. Bail was opposed. Defence solicitor, Michael Magee said his client had been given bail by the High Court. He said she had an important appointment this week which would not happen if she was in custody. District Judge Barney McElholm said that incidents like this would not happen if Curran could live with other people rather than on her own. He said that the system was obviously not working but there is 'no health service or government to change it.' The judge said that the police are not trained for this sort of thing and 'someone else should be dealing with this kind of thing.' He said he would give Curran one more chance and released her on bail to appear again on July 30.

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