Belfast Telegraph

Accused gets seven days for tirade

A Dungannon man accused of burglary launched a tirade of abuse at the judge who refused him bail.

Bernard Cawley (24), from Cloneen, appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court yesterday where he was charged with entering a house as a trespasser on February 29 and stealing various items including a television.

A police officer confirmed she could connect Cawley to the charge. Opposing bail, she explained police were called to the scene after an eyewitness spotted Cawley carrying the television from the house.

A defence barrister urged bail to be granted, stating whilst a footprint, fingerprint and DNA have been recovered, it is likely to take some time for these to be analysed.

But District Judge John Meehan refused. He remanded Cawley in custody to appear by video-link on March 21.

However, at this, Cawley launched into verbal abuse directed at the Judge.

Finding him in contempt of court, Judge Meehan ordered him to serve seven days in prison, but Cawley continued to shout obscenities as he was taken back to the cells.

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