Brothers accused of ‘outrageous crime spree’

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

Two brothers charged in connection with an absolutely outrageous crime spree’ in the Galliagh area have been refused bail.

Andrew Carlin, (18), of Knockdara Park, is charged with a total of 34 offences on November 18.

They include possession of a firearm, possession of offensive weapons, attempted hijacking, aggravated burglary and assault.

His co-accused and brother, 23-year-old Michael Carlin, of Amelia Court faces a total of 43 offences.

They include possession of a firearm, attempted hijacking and aggravated burglary.

Michael Carlin is further charged with rape and sexual assault.

All the offences were allegedly committed in the Galliagh and Shantallow areas of the city.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations the brothers began drinking and consuming controlled drugs in the early afternoon.

An investigating officer said there were posts on Andrew Carlin’s Facebook page showing him with a hammer and a bottle of vodka.

Michael Carlin was allegedly photographed holding a samurai sword and a metal bat.

It is alleged later that day the Carlin’s were involved in an incident where a samurai sword was used to attack a man and his car was also attacked.

The court heard allegations the brother’s went to the Co-Op and attempted to open tills. Andrew Carlin also allegedly attacked staff in the shop.

They were then allegedly involved in a ‘series of further incidents’ including a number of attempted hijackings, in which a firearm was pointed at people, an aggravated burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

It is further alleged the brothers were involved in an incident in Shantallow where a 12-year-old boy had a firearm pointed at him and was told to ‘f*** up’.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said the brothers were likely to commit further offences and there is a risk of interference with witnesses.

He added there is a threat against the brothers.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail for fear of further offences and fear of interference with witnesses.

He said the allegations were of an absolutely outrageous crime spree’ and a bail address in this city would not be appropriate.

The defendants were remanded in custody to appear in court again via video link on January 8.