Judge turns down man's bid to be allowed out of jail for Christmas

Judge turns down man's bid to be allowed out of jail for Christmas

A JUDGE turned down a bail application by a man who wanted out of jail to be with his family - including young children - over Christmas.

The bid was made at Newtownards Magistrates Court by Darren James Porter (27), of Listooder Park, Saintfield,.

District Judge Amanda Brady said: "I understand it must be difficult to be incarcerated over Christmas but at the same time I am sure every prisoner would feel they would like to back to see their family."

She said: "Hopefully there will be visiting arrangements at the prison".

The case was adjourned to December 22.

A defence lawyer said it could be the third Christmas Porter will have spent behind bars.

The defendant was arrested in 2019 in connection with the attempted theft of an ATM at Carlisle's filling station in Ballynahinch.

The lawyer said that matter "did not proceed against" Porter.

The defendant is now on remand in jail 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 this 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.

He is further accused of possessing cannabis on October 7.

A recent court heard he had 157 convictions.

A defence lawyer told the previous court the defendant denies the October offences.