Derry Court: Men charged with ‘outrageous crime spree’


Two men 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.

His charges also 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.

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.

More to follow.