Bus lane woman remanded in custody

Bus lane woman remanded in custody

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.

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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