‘Hit-and-run’: Bail is granted

A man accused of injuring a seven-year-old girl in a hit and run incident last summer has been released on bail.

David Gerard McCloskey, whose address was given on court papers as Creggan Heights, is charged with grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop, report or remain at the scene of the accident.

The 23-year-old faces four further motoring offences relating to an alleged incident in the Creggan area on June 7, last year.

A previous court hearing was told the alleged injured party sustained a fractured skull, a ruptured spleen and a broken jaw as a result of being knocked down.

Opposing a bail application yesterday, an investigating officer said police remain concerned the 23-year-old would commit further offences.

He added that the proposed bail address is with McCloskey’s girlfriend and there have been incidents of a domestic nature in the past.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said his client has been in custody for seven months and the proposed bail address is in the Waterside, well away from the alleged injured party.

District Judge Barney McElholm released the 23-year-old on his own bail of £1,000 and banned him from entering the cityside, except for court appearances. McCloskey was also banned from driving and travelling in a private vehicle. He will appear in court again on February 6.