10 Aug 2022

Derry woman who was given 'final chance' by judge on Monday is jailed after breaching her bail by drinking

A Derry woman who was given her 'final warning' on Monday after breaching her bail has had her bail revoked at the local Magistrate's Court. Edel McLaughlin (38) of Seamus Roddy House in John Street in Derry appeared today charged with breaching the no alcohol condition of her bail. A police officer told the court that McLaughlin was stopped by police on Craigavon Bridge and a breath test revealed a reading of 124 mgs of alcohol more than three times the legal limit. The officer opposed her being released on bail again as he said there was a risk of further offence He said that McLaughlin has 30 previous convictions for public order offences and 12 for assault. He said police feared that if released she would commit further offences as 'she has shown a blatant disregard for any conditions imposed upon her.' Defence solicitor Mr. Paddy MacDermott said that his client had been drinking in the house and gone to the shop. He said there had been no new offences and she hadn't been drinking on the street or anything like that. District Judge Barney McElholm said McLaughlin had been 'well warned' and revoked her bail. She was remanded in custody to appear again on July 26.

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