20-year-old remanded


A man has appeared in court accused of handling a mobile phone case stolen in a burglary of a house in The Meadows.

Adam McMonagle, of Carrabane Walk, is charged with handling stolen goods on June 1.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 20-year-old, who is considered to be a ‘priority offender’, breached bail conditions at the time of the alleged offences.

The court was told that a house in The Meadows was broken into in the early hours of June 1 while the occupants were sleeping. A number of ‘high value items’ were stolen including three mobile phones and a handbag.

One of the phones stolen was covered with a ‘distinctive’ case. The owner of the phone used an app to track it and it was allegedly tracked to McMonagle’s home address.

The court heard police searched the house and the distinctive phone cover was found in a cupboard in the 20-year-old’s bedroom.

He was not at home when police conducted the search and only handed himself into police on Thursday.

A defence solicitor told the court there would be no application for bail.

McMonagle was remanded in custody to appear in court again on July 3.