Accused man tried to escape from court

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

There were dramatic scenes at Londonderry Magistrates ‘Court on Monday, when a man tried to escape from the courtroom - by attempting to jump over the dock.

In court was Waterside man Sean Patrick Gibbons (25), of Rushcroft Park, who made an attempt to escape custody, claiming: “I didn’t do nothing.”

Gibbons had to be restrained by a number of police and prison officers who were on duty, and, as he was led away to the cells he shouted: “It’s all lies.”

Gibbons had been refused bail on a charge of causing actual bodily harm to a female in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Magistrates’ Court was told that police were alerted by a taxi man who telephone to report that a male and female were arguing in his car. The court heard that the female passenger sustained facial injuries and that the taxi driver believed the male passenger was responsible.

A police officer said the injured party told police her partner had become argumentative after drinking earlier in the Drummond Hotel. When the taxi man pulled his car over to warn her partner about his behaviour, she had stepped out of the car.

It was then, she said, Gibbons had punched her twice in the face, breaking her nose.

Gibbons stated that he had not hit her and that she had been inebriated and had ‘face planted’ outside the car causing her own injuries.

He was remanded in custody until April 18.