Prisoner back in Derry court following escape

Dean Beattie at Derry Court on Wednesday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Staff Reporter

A 22-YEAR-OLD man who escaped police custody while being brought to court in Derry has been remanded in custody after he appeared before the same court.

Dean Beattie, from Glenowen Park in the city, scaled two security fences outside Bishop Street courthouse before sprinting down the street and turning into Palace Street during last Wednesday's escape.

He was found in a house in the cityside area on Tuesday morning and arrested.

Beattie appeared before District Judge Barney McElholm on Wednesday charged with escape from custody and intimidating a male witness on Monday.

The witness is the man Beattie is alleged to have assaulted in a flat in the Northland Road area of the city on December 12.

Beattie is one of two men accused of assaulting the man and a woman at the flat, stealing their Christmas presents, possessing a firearm and a knife, and stealing £100 and two mobile phones from the couple.

His co-defendant is already in custody on the same charges.

Beattie, who had been serving a sentence for dishonesty offences, was released on licence from jail last month. His licence has since been revoked.

He was remanded in custody to appear before the same court on January 21 via video link.


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