Bus lane woman remanded in custody

Published Monday, 28 April 2014
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The woman who was recorded being left at the roadside by police in Londonderry last month has been remanded in custody for breaching her bail conditions.

Bus lane woman remanded in custody
Bridget Mongan, pictured, was remanded into custody. (© Facebook)

Bridget Mongan, 23, from Stanley's Walk in the Bogside area of the city had been on court bail charged with assaulting her brother in Altnagelvin Hospital's high dependency unit last January.

As part of her bail conditions she was not allowed to be drunk in public, nor was she allowed to visit any hospital in Northern Ireland.

On St Patrick's Day of this year, two police officers were captured by a local resident lifting Mongan off the road and placing her into a nearby bus lane, seconds before a bus arrived.

The two officers were later taken off front-line duties pending the outcome of a Police Ombudsman investigation into their actions.

At Derry Magistrates' Court on Monday, a police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that while on city centre cycle patrol on Sunday afternoon, he saw the defendant drunk in John Street.

The officer said he breathalysed the defendant and her reading was almost four times the legal alcohol limit for driving.

"When she saw the reading on the machine she tried to run away and threw herself to the ground, shouting and swearing and making a scene," the officer said.

"She was restrained and she continued to resist and had to be put into a police vehicle."

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said Mongan admitted both the resisting offence and breaching her bail conditions.

"She told me in sobriety that she promises from the bottom of her heart that she will stick to any bail conditions and she will do absolutely anything to get out," he said.

However Judge McElholm said it was Mongan's third breach of bail conditions.

"When I gave her bail on 16 April, I told her then it was her absolutely final chance. I am revoking bail," he explained.

"On resisting a police officer I am sentencing her to two months in jail, suspended for two years and her bail is revoked and she is remanded in custody until 22 May."

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Comments Comments
Sensible in Derry wrote (277 days ago):
The PSNI can not excuse their behaviour towards this woman. They were wrong, just as she was when she acted at the hospital. If she is to be punished, they need to be too. Easy desk jobs is not good enough. We want them off the police force in our city as they are not fit for purpose. Their duty is to uphold the law. They did not.
Ivan in NI wrote (277 days ago):
Not exactly a class act but the police still acted improper regardless
OldSod in Fermanagh wrote (277 days ago):
Canice in Derry, as a Derry resident, you should surely know that the matter this bail relates to, dates back to January (it was publicised well enough at the time),... long before the bus lane incident (which turned out to be a wholly different story than initially alleged), so unless the police are prescient,... I'd forget about ridiculous conspiracy theories of payback. You may also have missed the fact that this "lady" pleaded guilty to the recent offenses such as resisting police etc. Maybe instead of sarcastic remarks suggesting police were getting "payback", you could show appreciation for those who keep your city safe and deal with those whom the rest of society don't want to get their hands dirty with or acknowledge exist. How about a little gratitude to the emergency services in Derry,... foyle search and rescue, ambulance crews, A&E workers, police, and many many more?
Charlie on Tour in Cape Town wrote (277 days ago):
Having visited Derry/Londonderry and been accosted by On-Street Drinkers it's about time something was done about this problem. Being verbally assaulted by drunks in Guildhall Square will certainly not encourage me or other vi$itor$ to step into the City. Its Belfast for me on my next city break.
ken in comber wrote (277 days ago):
what a lovely lady.
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