A ‘busy criminal’ accused of stealing a £300 phone from a ‘young girl’ has been released on bail.
Gerard Patrick Mullen, of Crawford Square, is charged with stealing an iPhone from the girl on September 8.
It is alleged the offence was committed while the 30-year-old was on bail for two other incidents.
Derry Magistrate’s Court heard allegations Mullen stole the iPhone from the girl after giving her a hug.
He then allegedly ran off shouting towards friends.
The court was told the girl noticed her phone was missing straight after the hug, but was afraid to challenge the defendant because she was on her own.
Police found the 30-year-old drunk and asleep on the Bay Road some time later.
Opposing bail, an investigating officer told the court Mullen has 89 previous convictions and has a history of breaching bail.
He added that police also had concerns the defendant would interfere with the witness.
Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said Mullen admitted giving the girl a hug but denied stealing the phone.
He accepted his client had a ‘bad record’ and was a ‘busy criminal’ but said he was not a ‘master criminal’.
District Judge Peter King released Mullen on his own bail of £500 and banned him from consuming alcohol.
He will appear in court again on September 18.