Belfast Telegraph

Man blames friend for breach of bail terms, court told

By George Jackson

A man who admitted breaching his bail conditions just hours after he was released from Maghaberry Prison has been remanded in custody.

Noel McGilloway was refused bail when he appeared at a special sitting of the magistrates court in Londonderry yesterday.

McGilloway (21), from Creggan Heights in the city, was released from Maghaberry last Friday after he had served a four-month sentence for drugs offences.

A police officer told District Judge Peter King that the defendant, who has 27 previous criminal convictions, was also on High Court bail for other alleged drugs offences.

She said following his release, members of private security company G4S twice called at his home to install monitoring equipment as part of his High Court bail conditions.

The defendant was absent on both occasions in breach of his curfew conditions and his mother told the staff members that he was not present.

When the police called at the defendant's house late on Sunday night he was present and they arrested him.

He told the police that when he returned to Londonderry following his prison release, he went to a friend's flat where he believed his friend slipped a Xanax tablet into his cup of tea.

Defence solicitor Don Mohoney described the offending as crass and stupid.

Mr King told McGilloway that his behaviour was incredibly foolish.

He refused bail because of the fear of further offences.

McGilloway was remanded in custody until May 31.

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