‘Pest’ given a ‘chance’ and released on bail

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A ‘pest’ accused of a series of offences has been given a ‘chance’ by the local magistrates court.

Adam James McMonagle, of Carranbane Walk, faces six different sets of offences allegedly committed between February 2013 and June this year.

They include charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, handling stolen goods, possession of an offensive weapon and driving offences.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the last offence allegedly committed by the 20-year-old relates to a burglary of a house in The Meadows.

Entry was gained to the house through patio doors and a number of mobile phones and a handbag were stolen.

One of the injured parties used an ‘App’ to trace her phone to McMonagle’s home address.

Police searched the house and found a distinctive phone cover which was identified by the injured party. However, none of the phones were discovered.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer told the court McMonagle has shown a ‘total disregard for the law’ in the past and cannot abide by bail conditions.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey said his clients time on remand has had a ‘salutory and calming effect on him’.

He said the 20-year-old is ‘more of a pest than a serious danger’ and urged the court to give him a chance.

Granting bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘I am going to take a chance, time will tell whether that is a wise decision or not’.

McMonagle was released on his own bail of £300, with one surety of £500 to abide by a number of conditions. He will appear in court again on July 24.