Three men to stand trial over Galliagh crime spree

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

Three men are to stand trial at Derry Crown Court charged in connection with a crime spree in Galliagh.

Michael Martin Carlin, (24), of Deramore Drive and his 19-year-old brother Andrew Carlin, whose address was given as c/o Hydebank, face a combined total of 42 charges.

They include robbery, blackmail, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, assault and making threats to kill.

They are further charged with aggravated burglary, attempted hijacking and possessing an offensive weapon.

All the offences relate to an alleged incidents in the Galliagh area on November 18, last year.

A third man, 23-year-old Christopher Charles O’Reilly, of Bracken Park, faces a total of six charges.

They include possession of a firearm, possessing an offensive weapon and assault.

All three men declined to say anything in answer to the charges or to call any evidence on their own behalf.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley accepted there is a case for his three clients to answer.

The Carlin brothers were remanded in custody and O’Reilly was released on bail until December 17.

District Judge Barney McElholm agreed to remove a curfew condition from O’Reilly’s bail but warned him if there was any breach he would be remanded in custody.

As the defendants were led from the dock, words were exchanged between people in the public gallery and there was shouting in the courtroom.

The judge ordered that one of the people be detained.

Mr Quigley then explained to the court the woman is the girlfriend of Michael Carlin and something ‘nasty and antagonistic’ was said to her as she left the courtroom.

He said the woman wished to apologise for her behaviour and said she regrets it.

Judge McElhom said he accepted the apology but warned the woman ‘if you behave yourself like that in court again you will find yourself serving time’.