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Man Accused Of Hiding In A Built-In Wardrobe Allegedly Refused To Come Out For Police

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Coleraine Courthouse

A man accused of headbutting a man in a Limavady shop at 8am on Saturday September 22 before breaking windows in a woman’s car later in the day, allegedly struggled with police officers after being found hiding in a built-in wardrobe.

David Gary McCallion (39), of Ard-Na-Smoll in Dungiven, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on September 24 to face three counts of assaulting police as well as charges of resisting police, criminal damage and assault.

A PSNI officer told the court a man alleged he was in a shop when the defendant approached “roaring and shouting” at him before being headbutted. The complainant claimed McCallion appeared to be under the influence of drugs during the early morning incident.
The officer added that at 5.10pm on Saturday it was alleged the defendant was shouting abuse and smashing the windows of a Renault Megane car. Police received information the defendant was at another address in Limavady and they found him hiding in a built-in wardrobe.

He refused to come out and was verbally abusive, aggressive and kicking out at police who had to use CS spray during the arrest. In a cell van taking him to Coleraine Police Station the defendant spat on a petition.

Defence solicitor Paddy McGurk said the charges will be strenuously contested. He said his client disputed the alleged circumstances. Mr McGurk said there did appear to be “bad blood” between McCallion and the complainant involved in the shop and car allegations. The court heard the defendant had a large number of previous convictions.

District Judge Peter King released the defendant on his own bail of £500 including an exclusion from Limavady except for court and medical appointments. The defendant is not to contact the alleged injured parties and there was also an alcohol condition.

The case was adjourned to Limavady Magistrates Court on October 17.

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