Judge considering formal complaint

A judge has warned he will make a formal complaint if a police officer does not attend court to explain the reasons for delays in a case.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment as 23-year-old Brian Thomas Boyle appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court via videolink.

Boyle, of Lisnavar Court, is charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop for police in relation to an alleged incident on the Buncrana Road on August 5. He is further charged with failing to answer bail.

The judge had previously expressed concerns about the delay in the case. At that time he went on to order that the investigating officer appear in court if the full file was not with the Public Prosecution Service.

However, the officer did not attend court and a prosecutor was unable to confirm whether the officer was told to attend.

Mr McElholm said: “I am not going to tolerate the court being ignored in this fashion” and ordered that both the investigating officer and the prosecutor in charge of the case appear in court next week.

He added that if no-one attends he is going to make a formal complaint.

Boyle was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on January 6.