‘Prolific’ offender bailed

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A ‘prolific offender’ with 110 previous convictions has been released on bail.

Adam Raymond McDaid, of Anderson Crescent, Limavady, is charged with disorderly behaviour and possessing Diazepam.

The charges relate to an alleged incident on October 30.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard allegations that police were called to a disturbance in the Glenbank Road area in the early hours of that morning.

It was reported a person had been making a lot of noise for more than an hour.

Officers saw McDaid on the roof of a shed in his grandfather’s property. When challenged by police the 20-year-old jumped off the shed and ran off, allegedly shouting ‘what the f*** do you want? F*** off.’

Police advised him to moderate his behaviour, however it is alleged he continued to shout abuse at the officers and was arrested.

The court heard allegations police found 20 blue tablets during a search of the defendant and he said ‘f*** they’re my blues, f*** sake’.

Following his arrest, officers discovered McDaid had breached Crown Court bail by not signing weekly at his local police station.

During interview, McDaid claimed he was on his grandfather’s shed roof to ‘protect it from people who had surrounded it and were hiding in the shadows’.

When questioned about the suspected Diazepam, the 20-year-old allegedly told the officers he was ‘surprised there were so few left’.

Opposing bail an investigating officer said McDaid is ‘so well known to the court. To say he is a recidivist is an understatement. He is as prolific as he could be’.

The office told the court he has ‘no doubt’ if released on bail the defendant will re-offend and ‘be back before the court within days’.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court it is accepted McDaid has ‘quite an appalling record’.

He urged the court to give the 20-year-old ‘one chance on bail and if he fails there is only one place he can go’.

District Judge Barney McElholm said he agreed with the police officer that if he released McDaid ‘he will commit further offences. He has been doing that since he was 11’.

The judge said for someone of the defendant’s age to have 110 previous convictions is ‘quite startling’.

However, he agreed to grant bail and warned McDaid if there is any breach he will be remanded in custody.

The 20-year-old was released on his own bail of £500 to appear in court again on November 26.

McDaid is banned from consuming alcohol or non-prescribed drugs and must abide by a curfew.