Woman refused bail because of open house for ‘unsavoury’ types

A Derry woman who assaulted five police officers has been refused bail because her address is “an open house to all types of unsavoury individuals”.

Hannah Kerrigan, whose address was given on court papers as Glenabbey Heights, has pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in Altnagelvin Hospital, five assaults on police, possession of cannabis and resisting police.

The charges relate to alleged incidents on March 6 and 7.

An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court the 23-year-old had been arrested three times in eight days and has been reported to the PPS in relation to another incident.

He revealed that this was an alleged hammer attack on her next door neighbour’s house for which a number of people have been arrested.

The officer said police objected to her being relased on bail to Glenabbey Heights address because of ongoing issues.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client had no criminal record and the address was the officers’ only objection for bail.

He added; “It would be her intention to seek alternative accommodation but she does not have anyone on the outside to organise that for her.”

Mr MacDermott said she had been in custody for almost three weeks and she would only be returning to the address on a “temporary basis”.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail and remanded Kerrigan in custody until April 3. He said; “The address is totally unsuitable. It is quite clearly an open house for all types of unsavoury individuals. There is drug taking and bad behaviour which offends her neighbours and she has to accept the consequences of that”.

The judge said that Kerrigan would have to get a new address before he would consider granting bail.