Victim of ‘punishment’ beating named in court

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

The victim of a so-called punishment beating in the early hours of Thursday has been named in court.

A judge ordered 24-year-old Cavin White to appear in court next week or he will issue an arrest warrant.

White, of Altcar Park, was due in court on Friday in relation to a number of offences.

These include theft, disorderly behaviour, assault on police, dangerous driving and other driving offences.

These relate to three separate alleged incidents between September 2014 and September this year.

When White did not appear in court, defence solicitor Seamus Quigley revealed his client was the subject of a punishment beating by four masked men.

He said the matter is currently under investigation by police and he was ‘unaware of the extent of the injuries’ sustained by White.

However, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘according to the media reports the victim wasn’t seriously injured at all and did not have to go to hospital’.

The judge adjourned the case until November 18 and said if the defendant does not attend he will issue a warrant for his arrest.