Burglary accused refused bail

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A man with more than 200 previous convictions has been refused bail at the local Magistrate’s Court.

John Patrick McGilloway, of Bloomfield Park, is charged with motoring offences relating to an incident on the Foyle Road on February 2.

The 29-year-old is further charged with burglary and theft at the Amber Bar on March 25 and going equipped for theft with a balaclava and gloves on the same date.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer revealed McGilloway has 238 previous convictions, including 70 for burglary and almost 90 road traffic convictions.

He said police think the defendant is an “unsuitable candidate” for bail as he has shown “blatant disregard” for bail conditions in the past.

It is believed that CCTV footage seized from Amber Bar shows McGilloway wearing a balaclava, opening the till and taking money from it.

The officer also said that the 29-year-old had “adapted his technique” of committing burglaries whilst on bail, by breaking into premises during the hours of his curfew.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client is denying the offences and there has been “gross delay” in the preparation of the case.

He conceded that McGilloway has a bad criminal record, however said he had spent a considerable time on remand and would be willing to adhere to bail conditions.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said the 29-year-old has “shown no signs whatsoever of ceasing his offending behaviour and my primary duty is to protect the public from harm.”

McGilloway was remanded in custody and will appear in court again next week.