Derry man facing serious charges in court charged with breaching bail

A man facing a series of charges including the shooting dead of a police officer in 1993 appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court charged with breaching his bail by residing at a different address.

Christopher O'Kane (39) of Kular Court in the city was arrested after police officers called to an address to speak with him over a different matter.

The officer gave evidence that the address O'Kane was residing at was different from his bail address.
The officer also said that O'Kane had failed to sign for bail on three occasions earlier this month.

However defence solicitor Mr. Ciaran Shields asked the officer was he aware of a series of e-mails sent in April confirming the change of address.

The officer said he wasn't. It was also put that during the dates when O'Kane had failed to sign on he had been in Gransha Hospital.

Mr. Shields showed the e-mails to the court and District Judge Barney McElholm said that there was nothing in the court system confirming the change of address.

He did say that he would not revoke bail as O'Kane genuinely believed he was allowed to reside at the new address.

O'Kane was released to appear again on July 25.