Murdered man’s brother spared jail - but warned to ‘grow up’

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The younger brother of a Derry man shot dead in a flat at Shipquay Street last year has been given “one last chance to grow up” at the city’s Magistrate’s Court today.

“The death of his brother has had an enormous and traumatic effect on this man,” defence solicitor Michael McGee told the court. “Since the death of his brother there has been no other offending, and he has seemed much calmer. The death of his brother has profoundly changed him.”

Mr McGee said his client’s mother had also expressed deep concern that her son could be sent to the same prison where the man accused of killing his brother was currently on remand.

He explained that McCrory had significant physical and mental difficulties.

McCrory was appearing for sentencing on two matters. The first related to an incident on August 6 last at Altnagelvin Hospital, where the defendant was abusive to police and hospital staff. The second incident related to a breach of bail offence on October 1.

Mr McElholm deferred sentencing until July 4, telling McCrory: “It’s time you grew up and took responsibility for your own life.”

McCrory was told that if he commits any further offences, of any kind, between now and that date he “will go immediately to jail”. He was also ordered to co-operate fully with probation services and save towards £250 compensation to be awarded to the Friends of Altnagelvin.

[See this weekend’s Sunday Journal for full report]