Man on bail gave false name to police

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A man has appeared in court for breaching his bail less than two weeks after he was released from custody.

Brian Gardiner, of Deramore Drive, was released on bail earlier this month in relation to an alleged assault. However, the 22-year-old was arrested on December 28 for breaching the conditions of bail. He also committed further offences of obstructing and resisting police.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police were called to an incident and gave a false name and address to officers. The officers were aware who he was but Gardiner continued to deny his identity.

The court was also told he was in breach of a curfew and had not signed bail, which were part of his conditions.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police were concerned the 22-year-old would not sign bail when required.

District Judge Barney McElholm released Gardiner on bail and ordered him to be electronically tagged. He also fined the 22-year-old a total of £300 and estreated £200 of his bail.