Gortin manslaughter accused has curfew amendment refused


A Gortin man accused of manslaughter has had an application to vary his bail conditions refused at East Tyrone Magistrates Court.

Christopher McLean, 18, of Main Street, Gortin is accused of the manslaughter of Darren McBrearty who died following an attack in the John Street area of Omagh on 4th August 2013.

A defence solicitor for Mr McLean brought an application before the court asking if the bail conditions for Mr McLean could be varied to change the time of his curfew.

The solicitor handed up to the Judge a letter from Mr McLean’s uncle who owns a licenced premises and is offering Mr McLean work at the bar.

The application was to amend Mr McLean’s curfew to commence at 1am to allow him to work at the bar.

District Judge John Meehan told the court he could ‘not see sense’ in the application, citing that Mr McLean was facing a very serious charge of manslaughter and has been ordered not be on licenced premises.

District Judge Meehan also cited the fact that it was coming to the month of December where people ‘get excitable’ and may want to pick a fight.

The application was refused.