Derry Court: Breached bail in an ‘egregious manner’

A man who breached bail in an ‘egregious manner’ and allegedly committed further offences has been remanded in custody.

Paul O’Kane, whose address was given on court papers as Glenelly Road, Omagh, is charged with possessing a stanley knife, common assault, indecent behaviour and theft of an electronic tag.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in the Main Street area of Claudy on November 1.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 22-year-old is currently on bail accused of an assaulting the same injured party.

As part of his bail conditions, O’Kane was banned from entering Claudy, banned from consuming alcohol and ordered to wear an electronic tag.

He is accused of going to Claudy on November 1, consuming alcohol and going to a bar where the injured party was celebrating a family occasion.

It is alleged a scuffle ensued with the injured party’s family and O’Kane produced a stanley knife.

When police arrived, the 22-year-old was found to be in possession of alcohol and had removed his electronic tag with the knife.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police are concerned for the safety of the injured party and her family.

He added that the woman is ‘petrified’ of O’Kane and claims she cannot leave her home whilst she knows he is on bail.

Defence counsel Steven Mooney told the court the proposed bail address is in Omagh and this will act as a ‘considerable buffer’ between the 22-year-old and the injured party.

He added there had been no previous breaches of bail and on this night his client ‘appears to have just gone crazy’.

District Judge Peter King refused bail for fear of further offences.

He said O’Kane had breached bail conditions in the most ‘egregious manner’ and is accused of committing further offences on the same injured party and her family.

O’Kane was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on November 13.