Judge warns on Fountain attacks

A judge has warned that anyone who appears in court in relation to “organised attacks” on the Fountain estate will “find it very difficult to get bail”.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the comments as a 20-year-old man appeared in court charged in connection with ongoing disorder in the Bogside.

Caolan Hayden, whose address was given on court papers as Tyrconnell Street, is charged with unlawful assembly and disorderly behaviour.

He is further charged with discharging a firework near a road, assaulting and resisting police. The charges relate to alleged incidents between April 12 and 16.

An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court there was no objection to Hayden being released on bail with a number of conditions.

The officer confirmed that Hayden was not part of “organise attacks” on the Fountain but more “general disorder”. Hayden was released on his own bail and banned from the Bogside and Brandywell areas of the city. He must reside at an address in Ferndale Drive and abide by a curfew.