Accused of witness intimidation

A man has appeared in court accused of intimidating a ‘vulnerable’ witness.

Colin Hawthorn, of Newlyn Terrace, is charged with burglary with intent to steal and witness intimidation on November 1.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations that the 26-year-old was released on bail on Friday and hours later he contacted the witness and ‘made threats to drop the charges or life wouldn’t be worth living.’

An investigating officer told the court police view the alleged injured party as a ‘vulnerable witness’ who was very distressed by the call. It is further alleged Hawthorn went to the man’s house on Saturday morning and again spoke to him about dropping the charges. Items also allegedly went missing from the house.

Opposing bail, the officer said police have ‘grave concerns’ the 26-year-old would try to contact the injured party again.

Deputy District Judge Liam McStay refused bail stating he was not sure Hawthorn could abide by any bail conditions. The 26-year-old was remanded in custody to appear in court again on November 28.