Man denies hit and run charge

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A man has denied causing grievous bodily injury to a seven-year-old girl in a hit and run incident.

David Gerard McCloskey, of East Avenue, pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily injury by driving without due care and attention on June 7, last year.

He also denied causing grievous bodily injury by being an unlicensed and uninsured driver and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

However, the 23-year-old admitted charged of failing to remain at the scene, failing to report the accident and having no insurance.

The charges relate to an incident in the Creggan Heights of the city.

Defence counsel Gordon Talbot told Derry Crown Court there is ‘no question McCloskey was riding the vehicle’ but a query remained over the injuries sustained by the alleged injured party.

He added that up to date medical reports would be required.

The trial, which is expected to last at least a week, has been listed for May 27.

McCloskey was released on his own bail of £250 and banned from the cityside and from consuming alcohol.

He will appear in court again at a later date.