A 23 year-old man accused of seriously injuring a seven year-old girl in a hit and run accident in Creggan has been granted bail.
David McCloskey of Creggan Heights appeared before Derry Magistrates court via video link from prison to apply for bail.
McCloskey is accused of offences relating to a hit and run incident on June 7, 2013, in which a seven year-old girl sustained serious head injuries resulting in her hospitalisation.
McCloskey is charged with causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at an injury accident and failure to report and remain at an injury accident. He is further charged with having no insurance or driving licence, carrying an unauthorised passenger on a motorcycle and failing to wear protective headgear.
Police voiced objections to bail. The court heard that police were concerned that McCloskey had been involved in two prior incidents to the hit and run. These convictions involved a domestic dispute where criminal damage was caused to the home of McCloskey’s girlfriend.
McCloskey had been charged with criminal damage after a domestic dispute and, only 30 minutes after his release, caused further damage at the same property.
Police said they had reservations that the bail address being supplied was that of McCloskey’s girlfriend and, given their history of domestic problems, they deemed it unsuitable.
Keith Kyle, defence solicitor, said that the woman was the mother of McCloskey’s child and that the criminal damage incidents involved damage to such items as cups and there was no physical violence against his partner.
Mr Kyle said that McCloskey would be asking to be granted bail to the Waterside area of the city as he ‘wouldn’t be well received in the Creggan area’ due to the nature of his charges. Mr Kyle said that it was ‘a horrible incident where a child was badly injured’ but said that McCloskey had been in custody seven months already and has ‘a fair bit of remand time done’.
District Judge Barney McElholm granted McCloskey his own bail at £1,000 to reside at East Avenue, Waterside, and not to travel in any private motor vehicle. District Judge McElholm also said McCloskey must not enter the city side of Derry except for court appearances.
District Judge McElholm also warned McCloskey that it would be ‘very foolish’ of him to ‘annoy [his girlfriend] in any way’ because it will result in him being put straight back into custody.
McCloskey will appear back before Derry Magistrates Court again on February 6.
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