Derry man accused of throwing petrol bombs at police is remanded in custody

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A 27-year-old man has appeared in court accused of throwing petrol bombs at police.

Jason Doherty, of Elmwood House, Northland Road, Derry, is charged with throwing possessing and making petrol bombs on November 2.

He is further charged with arson endangering life, criminal damage and disorderly behaviour.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that a police land rover was leaving the station on the Strand Road when they saw a man lighting and throwing a petrol bomb towards them.

A second petrol bomb was thrown which also failed to ignite, however a third petrol bomb hit the windscreen of the vehicle and set it alight.

Doherty allegedly ran from the scene but was arrested a short distance away.

Following his arrest he told the officer to ‘f*** off c***’.

The 27-year-old refused to give his details to police and continued to swear at them.

The court heard Doherty’s identity was discovered and police searched his home.

They allegedly discovered the materials to make petrol bombs, including glass bottles, clear liquid and sugar.

It is further alleged Doherty was captured on CCTV ‘calmly walking’ towards the police station holding a bag and entering a house at the bottom of Lawrence Hill for a short time.

Footage then shows him outside the police station throwing the petrol bombs.

During police interview he claimed he ‘no recollection’ of making or throwing the petrol bombs.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police fear further offences.

He alleged that Doherty is considered to be a ‘volatile individual’ even though this is not reflected in his criminal record.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client has a ‘limited record’ and this is ‘out of character’ for him.

He added that Doherty bears no ill will towards police and does not associate with groups that have ill will to police.

The solicitor said the 27-year-old ‘doesn’t know what came over him and has ‘no knowledge’ of making the petrol bombs or even how to make one’.

District Judge Barney McElholm said: ‘Just when you think you have seen and heard it all. I have come across people doing many stupid and senseless things in drink, but they’re unplanned, reactionary things’.

He said the petrol bombs had to be made and the thought of Doherty throwing them while ‘acting in some sort of automaton state is very disturbing’.

The judge added that there had been a number of recent incidents involving petrol bombs and the ‘message has to go out it is not going to be tolerated’.

Doherty was refused bail and remanded in custody.

He will appear in court again via videolink on November 26.