Drug accused bail variation refused

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A judge has refused to vary the bail of a man accused of drugs offences to allow him to take a job in the city centre.

The man, who cannot be named because of an anonymity order, is charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis between a date unknown and June, last year.

He is further charged with being concerned in the supply of class A and class B drugs.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the defendant has been offered a job but would need some conditions of his bail varied to allow him to take up this opportunity.

He is currently banned from entering the city centre, banned from driving and ordered to abide by a curfew.

Police opposed the bail variation. An investigating officer said there was a threat against this man and his property has been attacked. He said police would be concerned about the defendant’s safety.

District Judge Barney McElholm said there was ‘no good reason’ to vary bail and refused the application.