Judge refuses bail for County Down man with 'appalling record'

Judge refuses bail for County Down man with 'appalling record'

A JUDGE has refused the latest bail application by a Saintfield man saying the defendant, who has 157 previous offences, has an "appalling record".

District Judge Mark Hamill was speaking at Newtownards Magistrates Court regarding Darren James Porter (27), of Listooder Park.

The defendant has been on remand in jail since October after being charged with stealing a bench drill during a burglary at a dwelling at Ballygraffan Road, Comber, and assaulting five police officers on October 6 last year.

Also on October 6 he is charged with driving dangerously at Belfast Road, Comber; driving whilst banned; being unfit to drive and being uninsured.

Newtownards Magistrates Court heard a defence lawyer say he wanted a video ID parade but said he was told by a PSNI officer because of the covid pandemic the prisons "are no longer letting police in to set up a procedure".

The lawyer said that meant there was an "inevitable delay" in the case.

Judge Hamill refused bail saying there was a risk of further offences and an "appalling record".

The case was adjourned to February 16.