Derry Mayor’s husband appears in court on assault charges

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The Mayor of Derry’s husband has appeared in court accused of assaulting a couple.

Declan Aaron McCallion, the husband of Sinn Fein Councillor Elisha McCallion, appeared at the local magistrates court this morning.

McCallion, of Elaghmore Park, faces two charges of common assault and further charges of disorderly behaviour and resisting police.

The charges relate to an alleged incident on Academy Road on May 19.

During a brief hearing, the 34-year-old spoke only to confirm his details and to say that he understood the charges.

An investigating officer told the court he believed he could connect McCallion to the charges.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey said the matter was ‘unlikely to trouble the court’ and asked for a short adjournment.

McCallion was released on continuing bail to appear in court again on June 17.

As part of his bail conditions, the 34-year-old is banned from having any contact with the complainants and from being intoxicated in a public place.

A prosecutor told the court the PPS are not in a position to take pleas of guilty in relation to the charges.

He said that ‘there may have been further offences committed at the same time’ involving other complainants.

The prosecutor said McCallion may face further charges as a result of this.