A 31-year-old man accused of possessing an eight inch knife in public and assaulting a woman in a health centre and a civilian detention officer has been granted bail.
Pearse Brady, of Bloomfield Park, appeared before Derry Magistrates Court charged with assaulting a woman in Shantallow Health Centre on August 31, 2017.
He was also charged with assaulting a designated person in the employ of the PSNI on September 11, 2017. Brady was further charged with disorderly behaviour and resisting a police officer at Bloomfield Park on September 11, 2017.
Brady is also accused, on August 3, 2017, of being in possession of an eight inch knife on Racecourse Road.
The court heard that police received a call from a concerned member of the public on August 3 at around 1.50pm to say that they had witnessed Brady in possession of a blade on Racecourse Road.
The person said they had been in Ladbrokes Bookmakers and heard a commotion outside. When they went outside they said they saw Brady shouting at two men and that he had an eight inch knife and was pointing it at them, he then put the knife back into a sheath. He later allegedly had another altercation with a member of the public and they described the knife that Brady had with him as a ‘Bowie knife’.
Police had a warrant to search Brady’s house and when they conducted the search they recovered a knife and sheath.
On August 31 at around 10.30am, police received a 999 call from the Practice Manager of Shantallow Health Centre to report an ‘aggressive patient’.
On September 11, police attended Brady’s home address at Bloomfield Park and Brady was present. He became verbally abusive attempted to run and was chased by police and restrained. Brady began shouting, ‘police brutality’, while members of the public, including children, looked on.
On the day Brady appeared in court, he had asked a civilian detention officer at Strand Road Police Station for his inhaler at 7.30am.
When the detention officer said he would not be allowed to leave it with him in the cell, Brady displayed ‘extremely volatile and violent behaviour’ and threw the inhaler at the custody officer, striking him on the leg.
A police officer in court said that he ‘could only assume (Brady) has mental health issues’ but that he ‘doesn’t know the man’ but does know that ‘drugs and alcohol are not an issue’.
The officer added: “This man can be exceptionally aggressive and there are real concerns about him going back into the public domain given the level of the aggression shown.”
He continued to say that a knife had been found at Brady’s property and that there were CCTV footage and Facebook posts in relation to the alleged incident with the knife.
A bail address was offered, Brady’s cousin’s home in Cornshell Fields. However, police said that Brady’s cousin was currently on bail and her partner, who resides there, has outstanding court warrants.
Eoghan Devlin, defence counsel, said that Brady had no previous record of violent offending and that he doesn’t have a lengthy record. He added that Brady is on medication for mental health issues.
Deputy District Judge Oonagh Mullan said that she would grant bail pending police enquiries into the address.
She said if the bail address checks out, Brady would be released on £500 bail and is not to consume any non-prescription drugs and submit to random testing. He must report to Strand Road Police Station three times a week and attend his GP immediately and produce a letter of treatment and the drugs he is prescribed. It was also ordered that any doctor’s appointments must be pre-arranged.
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