‘Subjected to vile campaign of sectarian bullying’-claims solicitor

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A solicitor told Derry Magistrate’s Court that his client had been subjected to ‘a vile campaign of bullying of a sectarian nature’ while being held in custody.

Mr. Paddy MacDermott made his comments during a bail application by Jordan Hazlett (20) of the Fountain in Derry who was in custody on burglary and attempted burglary charges.

A police officer opposed bail stating that Hazlett had breached his bail twice within two days.

She also said that police were concerned that there was a threat against Hazlett if he went to the address he was proposing in the Fountain.

The officer said that Hazlett who has 17 previous convictions had cut off his tag and also breached the no alcohol conditions of his bail.

Defence solicitor Mr. MacDermott said that as far as he was aware the threat had been from the UDA and had since been lifted.

He said that Hazlett was ‘a nusiance’ and that he was ‘his own worst enemy’ and added that he had been ‘persistently bullied’ in prison.

Hazlett was released on his own bail of £1,000 one surety of £500, ordered to observe a curfew, wear a tag, no alcohol or non proscribed drugs and not to enter the Waterside unless accompanied by his mother.

He will appear again on April 9.