Breached bail for ‘the sake of a Big Mac’


A man who breached bail conditions ‘for the sake of a Big Mac’ has been re-released.

Aaron Patrick McCusker, of St Eithne’s, is charged with being concerned in the supply of mephedrone and offering to supply the class B drug.

The offences were allegedly committed between August and September 2012.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 23-year-old was released on bail last week and ordered to abide by a curfew. He was also banned from entering licensed premises and nightclubs.

Earlier this week police stopped a car at the McDonald’s drive-through at 3am and McCusker was a passenger.

He was arrested for other offences, however the court was told he has been released on police bail in relation to these.

An investigating officer said police would be concerned that the 23-year-old was aware he was on bail and ‘disregarded’ the conditions.

He accepted that police did not request these bail conditions but were imposed by the sitting judge.

Police applied to the court to impose a further bail condition of an electronic tag on McCusker.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said both his client and the police were ‘in shock’ that the court decided to impose bail conditions.

He added the 23-year-old recognises this is a serious matter and knows he must abide by bail conditions.

Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare said ‘for the sake of a Big Mac or Happy Meal you have managed to get yourself locked up’.

He released McCusker on the same terms and conditions of bail but warned him if there was any further breach he would be remanded.