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'Praying to Allah caused Derry man's tracking tag to fall off, court told

Five-time daily ritual wore out jihadi accused’s tracker, court is told

By George Jackson

Published 20/01/2016

Rebailed: Eamon Bradley
Rebailed: Eamon Bradley

A lawyer for a Londonderry man charged with attending a weapons and explosives training camp in Syria has told a court his client's electronic monitoring tag fell off because it wore out from him praying five times a day.

Eamon Bradley was arrested after security firm G4S reported to police it believed Bradley's ankle tag had been tampered with.

The 27-year-old appeared before Derry Magistrates Court yesterday charged with breaching one of the 20 bail conditions imposed on him. Bradley, who was arrested at his bail address in the Benview estate, Coshquin, had been wearing the tag for almost a year.

A police officer told deputy District Judge Neil Rafferty that the defendant was at the bail address, a house owned by his grandmother, when they called.

Bradley had been on bail charged with providing weapons training and instruction and attending a weapons and explosives training camp in Syria.

He is also charged with possessing a grenade in Syria with intent to endanger life or cause damage to property.

He is alleged to have committed the two offences between January and October 2014.

Applying for his client to be again released on bail, defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said Bradley denied deliberately tampering with his electronic tag.

"He has been wearing the tag on his ankle for almost one year," he added. "He prays five times each day and the constant bending down to pray has caused the tag to fray.

"It had worn out and has had to be replaced because of the strain placed on it by his praying five times each day."

The judge granted bail and told the defendant: "You now know just how well the monitoring of bail conditions are kept. It is entirely a matter for yourself to keep those conditions."

The defendant was ordered to re-sign his bail conditions and is due to appear in court again on February 11.

Among the 20 bail conditions imposed on him are that he must not leave Northern Ireland nor apply for a passport.

He must also observe an 11pm to 7am curfew, and reside only at the agreed bail address.

The defendant must also report to the police three times each week, and he is not to contact anyone in either Syria or Turkey in relation to his activities in those countries.

He is not allowed to have wi-fi or internet access in his bail address and is banned from using social media networks except in relation to coursework at the North West College Of Technology.

The defendant is further banned from entering any internet cafe or anywhere else with access to computers and has been ordered not to return to his family home at Melmore Gardens in the Creggan area of Derry.

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