Woman racially abused shop assistant

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A ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character who racially abused a shop assistant and assaulted a nurse has been released on bail.

Edel McLaughlin, of Seamus Roddy House, John Street, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and common assault on September 20.

The 33-year-old also admitted further charges of disorderly behaviour and criminal damage between October 4 and October 14.

Derry Magistrates Court heard McLaughlin threw tablets at a nurse striking her on the leg. The nurse was ‘distressed’ after the incident.

On October 4, McLaughlin went into the Asian Food Stores and caused damage to a till and scanner by shaking them. She then subjected the shop assistant to racial abuse, calling him a ‘black Indian b******’.

The court heard McLaughlin also threatened to break a customer’s jaw.

It was revealed the 33-year-old was released on bail, however earlier this week she was arrested for breach of bail and disorderly behaviour.

Police opposed an application for the defendant to be re-released on bail.

An investigating officer said police fear McLaughlin would commit further offences and would not adhere to conditions.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client is a ‘Jekyll and Hyde character and drink brings it on’.

He applied for the 33-year-old to be released on bail for a probation pre-sentence report to be compiled.

District Judge Barney McElholm released McLaughlin with stringent conditions. She will appear in court again on November 14.