Breached bail by sending woman 'full stop'
A Derry man who breached his bail by sending a full stop to a woman on a dating app has appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court.
John O'Kane (57), of Bishop Street, is on bail charged with assaulting a female on 12 December last year.
Part of his bail conditions were that he have no contact with the woman but at a police officer told the court the woman had contacted police to say O'Kane had contacted her on a dating app.
The officer said the woman felt intimidated as she had previously reported he had been constantly viewing her profile on the dating app but she had been told that as that was in the publuc domain there was nothing that could be done.
The officer said she was not opposing bail but wanted to remove any Internet enabled devices from O'Kane.
Defence counsel, Sinead Rogan, said that that condition had been sought from the High Court when O'Kane had originally been granted bail but the judge there had thought it was somewhat draconian.
She said that the defendant said he had sent the full stop in an attempt to delete the woman's profile from the dating app on which they met but it was a matter for the court.
District Judge Barney McElholm said he believed such a condition was necessary and ammended his bail to include the condition that he does not use or possess any internet enabled devices.
O'Kane was released to appear again on January 22.
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team on 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories Or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Or you can email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from Derrynow.com
Buy the e-paper of the Derry News and the County Derry Post here for instant access to Derry's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Derry with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.