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Husband of Derry mayor in court over assault

Elisha McCallion pictured with her husband Declan after the first AGM of Derry City and Strabane District Council in March. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

The husband of Derry and Strabane mayor Elisha McCallion has appeared in court accused of assaulting a couple in their 50s.

Declan Aaron McCallion faces charges of common assault, disorderly behaviour and resisting police.

The case relates to an alleged incident on Academy Road in the city before midnight on May 19.

During a brief hearing at Derry Magistrate's Court yesterday morning, the 34-year-old spoke only to confirm his details and that he understood the charges.

He is accused of physically assaulting a man and assaulting his wife by placing her in fear of immediate violence.

An investigating officer told the court he believed he could connect McCallion (34) to the charges.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey said the matter was "unlikely to trouble the court" and asked for a short adjournment.

McCallion, of Elaghmore Park in the Galliagh area of Derry, was released on continuing bail to appear in court again on June 17.

As part of his bail conditions he is banned from having any contact with the complainants and from being intoxicated in a public place.

A prosecutor told the court the PPS is not in a position to take pleas of guilty in relation to the charges.

He said that "there may have been further offences committed at the same time" involving other complainants and McCallion may face further charges as a result of this.

Sinn Fein councillor Elisha McCallion became the first mayor of the new Derry and Strabane District Council when it took up power earlier this year.

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