Assault charge man had breached his bail nine times

A 22-year-old man who was refused bail last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court had a number of previous breaches of bail.

Thursday, 1st December 2016, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 4:18 pm

Caolan Shannon, Ulster Street, Lurgan, appeared in court via videolink from Maghaberry prison.

His solicitor made the application for bail.

He is charged with common assault on a female and disorderly behaviour at Dill Avenue, Lurgan, on November 20 this year.

The court heard he had been refused bail on November 21.

District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, asked what the change of circumstances was between then and November 25

She pointed out that this was Shannon’s ninth breach of bail.

“He cannot adhere to any bail condition,” the judge commented.

Opposing bail a police officer said that two days after he was dealt with at court Shannon is alleged to have further assaulted a female in a domestic matter.

A solicitor representing Shannon the assault charge was to be contested.

It was added that this was Shannon’s first experience of a custodial environment which has had an effect on him.

Judge Kelly said she was refusing bail because the risk of further offences was exceptionally high.

She said she took into account the defendant’s inability to adhere to bail in the past. Adding that Shannon could appeal to decision to the High Court she adjourned the case to December 23.