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Police officer denies he broke republican’s arm

A police officer has denied breaking the arm of a prominent dissident republican in Londonderry.

Constable Darren McClelland's rebuttal came on the second day of an appeal by Gary Donnelly against his convictions for disorderly behaviour, assaulting a police inspector and obstructing a police officer.

Donnelly (39), from Kildrum Gardens in the Creggan area of Derry, sustained a triple fracture to his left arm during a stop and search operation in Foyle Street on November 2007.

Const McClelland told Judge Piers Grant that together with Inspector John Neil, he became involved in a struggle with Donnelly during which the appellant and the inspector fell to the ground.

The police witness said he then grabbed Donnelly by the left wrist before handcuffing him.

Under cross-examination, Const McClelland said he later heard that Donnelly had suffered a broken left arm in the struggle. “I did not break his arm, I did not twist his arm,” he said.

A doctor told the court that she examined Donnelly when he was admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital's Accident and Emergency department on the night of the incident.

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Dr Bronagh Doherty said she treated and examined Donnelly who had what she called “an obvious fracture to his left arm”.

“I told him it was a nasty fracture,” she said. The appeal continues.

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