Told not to ‘stay over’ at Granny’s house

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A 20-year-old accused of assaulting an elderly couple outside their home has had his bail revoked after giving police “the runaround”.

Jonathan McCusker, who has a bail address in Belfast, denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent on June 20, last year.

He denies three further charges of common assault on the same date during an alleged incident in Greenhaw Avenue.

Derry Crown Court heard McCusker was banned from entering the city as part of his bail conditions.

However, he was arrested earlier this week for staying in the city.

An investigating officer said McCusker had been contacting police asking if he could stay in the city because his grandmother was very ill.

The officer said McCusker was given permission to visit his grandmother but to not to stay over.

A defence barrister accepted that while it was a technical breach of bail, his client claimed police had given him permission to stay in the city overnight.

Revoking bail, Judge Philip Babington said McCusker had shown himself to be “untrustworthy” and had “messed police around”.

The 20-year-old will appear in court again next month.