Election candidate Gary Donnelly has bail conditions amended

Gary Donnelly. (DER4513PG037)
Gary Donnelly. (DER4513PG037)

A judge has agreed to vary the bail conditions of a man standing for council election.

Gary Donnelly, of Iniscarn Crescent, is charged with causing damage to the city’s walls.

The 43-year-old, who is standing as an independent candidate in the forthcoming local elections, applied for his bail conditions to be varied to allow him to campaign.

He was subject to a curfew which he applied to be suspended until after the May election.

Police opposed the variation.

An officer told Derry Magistrates Court that the alleged incident took place in the hours of darkness.

He said the police have received a complaint from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency that the damage caused to the walls cost £2,292.

The officer said taxpayers would have to foot the bill for this despite the fact that Donnelly is standing for public office “a civic position which should warrant integrity”.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said the curfew is inhibiting his client’s ability to take part in the democratic process.

District Judge Barney McElholm asked if Donnelly was going to be putting up posters or writing his name on walls.

He added: “clearly the democratic process is very dear to his heart”.

The judge extended Donnelly’s curfew until 10pm and said it could be extended further for public meetings if police are given 48 hours notice.

Donnelly and his co-accused Terence Porter, of Carnhill, will appear in again on March 28.