Shantallow man in court on rioting charges

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A 43-year-old Shantallow man has been charged with riotous behaviour and assault on police was refused bail at a special sitting of Derry Magistrate’s Court today.

Seamus Bradley with an address at 102 Moss Park, Shantallow, was described by District Judge Mervyn Bates as “a man with a record who was likely to reoffend.”

Bradley faced charges of riotous behaviour, attempted criminal damage of a police landrover, assault on police, resisting police and obstructing police. The charges were in relation to an incident at Moss Park during the early hours of Friday morning where as many as 50 people were reportedly involved in rioting and clashes with police.

The investigating PSNI officer told the court she believed she could connect the defendant with the charges.

She said police had receieved a call at 12.10am on Friday July 20 reporting disturbances in the Glengalliagh Road area. The court heard that police attending the scene were met with approximately 40-50 people throwing missiles and that rioters had barricaded a part of the road.

The officer told the court Bradley had thrown a number of missiles at a police landrover before being apprehended and when inside the landrover had proceeded to “punch at police” and refused to give his details.

Defence Solicitor Don Mahoney said his client had been “hopelessly, catastrophically drunk” during the incident and had absolutely no recollection of the events.

Making an application for bail Mr. Mahoney told the court Bradley had been walking home from his girlfriend’s home and had simply found himself in the middle of the trouble. He said his client had no previous convictions for riotous behaviour and had been drinking since his nephew had made a “serious suicide attempt” earlier in the week.

District Judge Mervyn Bates said he sympathised with Bradley regarding his nephew but that it didn’t excuse what had happened.

Addressing Bradley, Mr. Bates said: “That didn’t deter you from becoming involved in this threatening situation and that involvement continued when police arrested you.”

He referred to previous convictions involving police and described Bradley as “a man with a record of assaulting police over a number of years.”

Mr. Bates said he was concerned about the likelihood of Bradley reoffending and remanded him in custody to appear via videolink on August 16.