Pregnant woman jailed at Derry Court


A judge has said that he cannot keep on giving people chances as he jailed a pregnant woman at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

Edel McLaughlin (34) of Seamus Roddy House in John Street in Derry was appearing after having five charges deferred when she appeared in November to see if she could stay out of trouble.

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

The court was told that on December 16 police were responding to a call of an unconscious woman in the Carlisle Road area.

When they were there McLaughlin started blocking a doorway preventing police from accessing where the unconscious woman was.

When paramedics arrived she tried to block them and then started singing loudly and telling police to ‘f--k off.’

Defence barrister Mr. Stephen Mooney said his client was under no illusions as to what she was facing.

He said that while she had breached the deferral she should get some credit for observing the bulk of it.

Mr. Mooney said McLaughlin had not threatened to use violence or the like during the incident.

He pointed out that his client was in the later stages of pregnancy.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that one of the sentences deferred in November had been for a disorderly in Altnagelvin Hospital and he had wanted to see would she address her addiction problems.

He added: “This woman has no idea how to behave herself and I can’t keep on giving her chances.”

He sentenced McLaughlin to four months in prison.