Bail application branded ‘wholly futile and pointless’

Golden scales of justice, gavel and books wood brown background
Golden scales of justice, gavel and books wood brown background

A bail application by a Derry woman due to be sentenced at the end of this month for her role in a the robbery of a local chemist has been described as ‘wholly futile and pointless’.

Yesterday at Derry Crown Court a submission was made on behalf of 41 years old Elaine Bradley of Altcar Park that she be released on bail in advance of her sentencing hearing on the 26th of this month,

Bradley has been in custody since January for her role in the aggravated robbery of McKenna’s Pharmacy in Great James Street on the 10th of the month.

The court was told that when Bradley entered the chemist on the day of the offence she was wearing a balaclava and carrying a hammer. Her co-accused was carrying a knife.

The pair threatened the staff and a quantity of prescription drugs were stolen. As the pair made to leave the chemist a member of staff grabbed Bradley and pulled off her mask. The defendant was a regular customer of the chemist and was easily identified.

Objecting to the bail application, a barrister for the prosecution highlighted Bradley’s significant criminal record and said police were concerned that she would re offend and that she may not present herself at court for sentencing.

Her defence counsel said his client had never at any stage since January made an application for bail but wished to do so now to “try and get her life in order”.

He said Bradley wished to see her doctor and to look into receiving counselling for drug misuse.

He described his client as someone who “realises she doesn’t have a lot going for her” but wanted to find some “structure to her life”.

The presiding judge told the court the application was “wholly futile and pointless” as it was “inevitable that Bradley was facing a significant period of incarceration”. The application was denied.