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Husband of Derry mayor appears in court accused of assaulting couple

By George Jackson

Published 11/06/2015

Declan McCallion
Declan McCallion
Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Elisha McCallion

The husband of the Sinn Fein Mayor of Derry and Strabane Council has appeared before the city's Magistrates Court charged with assaulting a middle-aged couple.

Father-of-three Declan Aaron McCallion from Elaghmore Park in the Galliagh area of the city, is charged with physically assaulting the man and with assaulting the man's wife by placing her in fear of violence.

The couple involved are thought to be in their 50s.

Mr McCallion (34) is married to mayor Elisha McCallion.

The defendant is further charged with disorderly behaviour and with resisting a police officer in the due execution of his duty.

The four offences are alleged to have taken place in the Academy Road area of the city shortly before midnight on May 19.

No other details of the incident were revealed.

A PSNI officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that he believed he could connect the defendant to the four charges before the court.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey said he had no questions for the police officer and added "the case should not trouble the court".

Mr Casey applied for the case to be adjourned until June 17 to enable him "to receive information on other matters".

His application was granted by the District Judge who then released the defendant on continuing police bail.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr McElholm ordered the defendant not to be intoxicated in a public place and to submit to a preliminary breath test if asked to do so by the police.

The District Judge also ordered the defendant not to have any direct nor indirect contact with the complainants in the case, nor with any other witnesses.

Mrs McCallion was installed as the first mayor of the new council in March. She is also a niece of Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson.

She has been a member of the council for 10 years, being first elected in 2005, and is highly regarded for her work with community projects in the Galliagh area over a number of years.

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