Judge issues bail breach warning

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A judge has said ‘people are going to have to learn they can’t go around flagrantly breaching bail’.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment as 31-year-old Wayne Michael Campbell appeared at the local magistrates court.

Campbell, of Bligh’s Lane, was arrested earlier this week for breaching his bail conditions.

He is charged with causing damage to three cars with a hammer on June 21.

The 31-year-old is further charged with possessing cocaine with intent to supply, simple possession of the class A drug and having no insurance.

Campbell was released on bail and banned from entering Hawthorn Drive. However, the court heard that earlier this week the defendant made a 999 call from his ex-partner’s house to report that his flat had been broken into.

Defence solicitor Ciaran Harkin said his client accepts he shouldn’t have been there, but was delivering birthday presents to his child.

The solicitor also told the court the 31-year-old claims the damaged vehicles were his.

District Judge Barney McElholm said whether Campbell owned the vehicles or not, ‘to do that outside his home of his children is absolutely scandalous and disgraceful’.

He added: “No wonder children grow up warped with all sorts of emotional difficulties when things like this are going on.”

The judge refused a bail application and Campbell was remanded in custody until September 10.