Derry man in court in relation to Newtowncunningham/ Manor thefts

A man has appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court charged with handling goods stolen from a school in Drumkeen in Donegal as well as other items stolen from a council depot in Newtowncunningham and a burglary in Manorcunningham.

John McDonagh (47) of 5, The Daisyfield in Derry was charged with making threats to kill against a woman, assault on a man and possessing an offensive weapon namely an iroin bar on May 5.

He was also charged with handling tools stolen in the Republic on July 7, handling a CCTV monitor stolen in the Republic on June 27 and also a laptop and stolen on June 29.

A police officer told the court that police searched a site in the Daisyfield site and found a large number of items that had been stolen from a break in at a council depot in Newtwoncunningham including tools and other items.

They also recovered a laptop stolen from St. Patrick's School in Drumkeen.

She said the defendnart was not present when the items were found but she believed he could be connected.

She said McDonagh had absconded from a prison in Cavan where he was being held on firearms offences.
Bail was opposed.

A defence solicitor said that his client had spent six months in custody only to have had the charges dropped and was fearful of a repeat of that.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that there was risk of light especially as McDonagh had absconded from another jurisdiction.

He remanded him in custody to appear again on August 23.

At this point a male relative of McDonagh's started shouting in court and was arrested for contempt he will be dealt with later.