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A man on bail charged with public order offences on the night journalist Lyra McKee was murdered in Londonderry last year has failed to have his bail conditions altered due to the coronavirus pandemic

A man on bail charged with public order offences on the night journalist Lyra McKee was murdered in Londonderry last year has failed to have his bail conditions altered due to the coronavirus pandemic

A man on bail charged with public order offences on the night journalist Lyra McKee was murdered in Londonderry last year has failed to have his bail conditions altered due to the coronavirus pandemic

A man on bail charged with public order offences on the night journalist Lyra McKee was murdered in Londonderry last year has failed to have his bail conditions altered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Christopher Gillen (38) from Balbane Pass in Creggan is on bail charged with committing a series of offences on the night the 29-year-old journalist was shot dead by a dissident republican gunman.

At yesterday's sitting of the Magistrate's Court in Derry, defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott applied to have the defendant's bail conditions varied to allow him to return to his family home in the Creggan.

Mr MacDermott told Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter that the defendant currently lived with his elderly parents and under his current bail conditions he was only allowed to enter the Creggan area to visit his family.

"The defendant is concerned that his parents were at risk and that he could possibly bring the virus to them," he said.

However a solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service told the Deputy District Judge that the police were objecting to the bail variation application due to the fear of the defendant re-offending and because of possible witness interference.

The defendant will appear in court again on April 2.

Belfast Telegraph