Belfast Telegraph

Judicial summons for tagging firm

A District Judge has called on a company that monitors defendants who have been electronically tagged as part of their bail conditions to appear before him today.

Barney McElholm said he wanted to hear from an engineer from G4S, the Manchester-based security company, whether or not the company had a weak signal in parts of Londonderry.

It followed a claim by a defendant in court on Monday that he had been wrongly arrested for breaching his bail conditions because of a fault in the electronic tagging system installed in his home last week.

The defendant, Gerard Anthony Kelly (35), was tagged and had a monitoring system installed in the upstairs bedroom of his Corrody Road home in the Waterside last week.

He had been released on bail on charges of possessing petrol bombs, riotous behaviour, and other riot-related charges.

The father-of-five is alleged to have committed the offences in the Bogside area of the city on August 13 following the annual Apprentice Boys parade.

He appeared in court on Monday charged with breaching his bail conditions after the monitoring system installed in his home indicated he was not there, contrary to his curfew conditions.

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