By Ursula Duddy
A Derry court heard that the irate girlfriend of a 21-year-old man facing drugs and firearms charges withdrew her address to be used for his bail because he ‘wouldn’t pay for her £70 hair do’.
Billy Rush of Hillview Villas, Omagh, appeared before Derry Magistrates Court for breaching bail on February 7.
The court heard that police were called to an address in Ardstraw, County Tyrone, where there had been a disagreement between Rush and his girlfriend and she had ‘withdrawn his bail address and had had enough because he wouldn’t give her £70 to get her hair done’.
This is the third time the woman has withdrawn her address as an option for bail for Rush. Mr Fahy added that Rush and his girlfriend had a ‘tempestuous relationship’.
Rush’s mother’s address was offered but a police officer in court said that she was being investigated for drug offences and that 1kg of herbal cannabis had been found in her home.
Michael Fahy, defence solicitor, said: “He wouldn’t pay for her £70 hair do and his partner withdrew bail.”
He added that there was no allegation of violence and that they had a verbal altercation.
He continued: “I’m concerned that this case is now one year on and he is still prohibited from returning to his home in Omagh.”
Mr Fahy suggested that Rush could be subjected to stringent bail conditions and made the point that a co-accused had been released and has ‘reoffended three or four times’ and is ‘still allowed back into Omagh’.
District Judge Oonagh Mullan said she would release Rush on the same bail conditions but said: “If you want to remain on bail, things have to settle down in the relationship with this lady you’re residing with. She’s putting your liberty at risk.”
Rush replied: “I have no control over what she does.”
Judge Mullan replied: “If it happens again, I’ll not readmit you to bail at that address.”
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