22-year-old ‘spiralling out of control’

John Paul Harkin appeared at Derry Magistrates Court.

John Paul Harkin appeared at Derry Magistrates Court.

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A local court has heard that the offending behaviour of a man accused of robbery and hijacking is ‘spiralling out of control’

The claim was made at Derry Magistrates Court as 22-year-old Derek Creswell applied for bail.

Creswell, of Strand Road, is charged with robbing an elderly man of 1,300 Euros, criminal damage, possessing a breeze block, assault and possessing criminal property on June 16.

He is further charged with hijacking, grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a knife on December 23, last year.

The court heard the proposed bail address was with his brother in Castlederg.

However, an investigating officer told the court there were concerns about his brother’s mental health.

Opposing bail, the officer said Creswell has 14 previous convictions and the current charges were allegations relating to elderly people.

She added that the alleged robbery occurred six days after Creswell had been released from prison.

The officer told the court that she believed the 22-year-old presents a ‘high risk of harm to the public’.

She added that ‘the severity and frequency of offending led police to believe he was spiralling out of control.’

Defence solicitor Michael Magee said his client had never been given onerous bail conditions in the past and could be released with stringent conditions.

Refusing bail, District Judge Peter King said he had to balance Creswell’s right to liberty with the risk to the public.

Creswell will appear in court again on September 25.