A man who breached his bail conditions ‘for the sake of a Big Mac’ was re-released when he appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court.
Aaron Patrick McCusker, of St Eithne’s, is charged with being concerned in the supply of mephedrone and offering to supply the class B drug, allegedly committed between August and September 2012.
The Court heard the 23-year-old was released on bail the week before last, and was ordered to abide by a curfew. He was also banned from entering licensed premises and nightclubs. Early last week police stopped a car at the McDonald’s drive-through at 3am in which McCusker was a passenger and he was arrested and had been released on police bail in relation to these.
An investigating officer said police were concerned that the 23-year-old was aware he was on bail and had ‘disregarded’ the conditions previously imposed on him.
The PSNI witness told the court they accepted that police did not request these bail conditions but that they were imposed by the sitting judge at the previous court. Police applied to the court to impose a further bail condition of an electronic tag on McCusker.
Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said both his client and the police were ‘in shock’ that the court decided to impose bail conditions.
He said his client recognised this was a serious matter and knew he must abide by bail conditions.
Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare said “for the sake of a Big Mac or Happy Meal you have managed to get yourself locked up”.
He released McCusker on the same terms and conditions of bail but warned him if there was any further breach he would be remanded.