23-year-old woman given a ‘final chance’ on bail

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A woman accused of using ‘sustained physical violence’ against a female street drinker has been warned if she breaches bail she will be remanded in custody.

Laura Francis, of Foyle Valley House, is charged with disorderly behaviour on October 8.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the physical altercation was caught on CCTV but the complainant has not made a statement to police.

The incident was also witnessed by pedestrians and people using the car park on the Foyle Road.

It was revealed the other woman provoked the defendant, who then used ‘sustained physical violence’.

Francis was arrested and was found to be heavily intoxicated, in breach of bail conditions.

An investigating officer told the court police have ‘strong objections’ to bail because they believe the 24-year-old will commit further offences.

The officer said Francis is currently on bail for possessing an offensive weapon.

She added that she is also under investigation for an alleged assault involving a hammer.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court his client is willing to admit the disorderly behaviour charge.

He added Francis has not breached bail since May and the conditions have ‘curbed her behaviour and drinking’.

District Judge Barney McElholm granted bail and warned Francis ‘this is her final chance’.

The 23-year-old will appear in court again on October 26.