Man to be tried for imitation firearm

A man is to stand trial at Derry Crown Court accused of possessing an imitation firearm.

John McGinley, whose address was given on court papers as Bloomfield Park, is further charged with carrying an imitation .38 pistol in a public place and making a threat to damage property.

The 42-year-old is further charged with making four threats to kill, possession of a petrol can with intent to damage property and resisting police.

The charges relate to alleged incidents in the Glendale Road and Greenhaw Crescents of the city on March 25, last year.

McGinley declined to say anything in answer to the charges and it was accepted by defence solicitor Keith Kyle there is a case to answer.

A bail application was also heard during the brief hearing at Derry Magistrates Court. It was revealed police objected to bail because they do not believe McGinley had been living at his bail address with his brother in Co.Donegal.

McGinley was remanded in custody until his brother gives “sworn testimony” to the court about where the 42-year-old was living. He will appear in court again on May 30.