Accused of theft and damage

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A 24-year-old man who is ‘incapable’ of abiding by bail conditions has been remanded in custody.

Brian Thomas Boyle, of Glenabbey Drive, appeared at the local magistrates court charged with possession diazepam.

He is further charged with theft and criminal damage of an electronic tag between July 29 and 30.

The court heard Boyle is currently on bail in relation to a number of drugs offences and has been ordered to abide by various conditions.

However, it is alleged on Wednesday afternoon police were called after the 24-year-old, who was intoxicated, refused to leave a church yard on Carlisle Road,

When officers approached him, he allegedly ran off towards John Street.

Boyle was arrested for breach of bail and when police searched him they found a small yellow tablet, suspected to be diazepam.

Two further tablets were discovered in his sock when the 25-year-old was taken into police custody.

The court heard Boyle told police he had removed his electronic tag the night before and he didn’t know where it was.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer told the court police fear Boyle will commit further offences.

The officer said he ‘clearly has no respect for bail conditions’.

She added that when the 25-year-old was released on bail to live with his partner, however the relationship has broken down and there appears to be difficulties with the bail address.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said there had been a break down in this relationship and Boyle had been residing at his own flat in the Galliagh area.

He said the 25-year-old did plan to hand himself into police ‘in the not too distant future’ and apply to vary his bail address.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said Boyle had ‘shown himself incapable of honouring the trust the court put in him.’

The 25-year-ol was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on August 28.