Man claimed his dog ate tag

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who cut off his electronic tag which was found in a dog kennel and claimed his dog had ate it, a court has heard.Darren Mark Curry, of Glenabbey Drive, is on bail for assaulting his ex-partner on November 12, last year.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the 38-year-old admitted causing damage to an electronic monitoring tag which he was ordered to wear as part of his bail conditions.

Derry Magistrates Court heard he cut off the tag and went to his daughters house outside the hours of curfew. He had also consumed alcohol, which he was banned from doing.

Curry was found hiding in a dog kennel and he claimed the dog had ate his tag. Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said Curry had gone to his daughters house because he was concerned about her.

He urged the court to give his client one final chance on bail.

District Judge Barney McElholm estreated £300 and released Curry on the same terms and conditions of bail.

He warned the 38-year-old if there was any further breach he would be remanded in custody.

Curry will appear in court again on April 2.