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Naked jogger given conditional discharge

By George Jackson

A man who jogged naked across Londonderry's Craigavon Bridge has pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent behaviour.

Martin McAnee (34), from John Street in the city, was stopped and arrested by police officers at the Waterside end of the bridge at approximately 8.20pm on Tuesday.

Derry Magistrates' Court was told that police had earlier received reports from CCTV operators about a naked man jogging across the bridge.

When he was arrested, McAnee made no reply to the charge and when in police custody he demanded clothes before he would give his name.

He also refused to come out of the police station cell and refused to be fingerprinted or photographed.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle described his client's behaviour as bizarre. "He has given no reason for jogging naked across the Craigavon Bridge, but he is not in the habit of doing this type of thing," he added.

District Judge Oonagh Mullan told McAnee his behaviour was totally unacceptable.

"What was he doing jogging across the Craigavon Bridge naked?" she asked.

"Hopefully, this was a one-off incident, but for whatever reason there is no explanation for it."

The defendant was handed a 12-month conditional discharge.

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