A 34-year-old Derry man has been given a twelve-month conditional discharge for jogging naked over the Craigavon Bridge.
Martin McAnee, of Bridge Street was arrested for indecent behaviour yesterday, after which police discovered he had warrants issued for his arrest in relation to driving offences.
Yesterday evening, January 24, city centre CCTV operators made the police aware of a naked man jogging across the Craigavon bridge.
When approached by the PSNI he was uncooperative and refused to provide them with any personal details.
He was subsequently arrested and made no reply.
When taken to Strand Road Police Station he ‘demanded to be given clothes’.
Following police checks it was discovered that he had outstanding warrants for his arrest.
A decision was made to charge him and he remained uncooperative, refusing to give finger prints or sign papers.
McAnee was then put in a cell to ‘calm down’.
Defence solicitor, Keith Kyle, described his client’s behaviour as ‘bizarre’.
District Judge Oonagh Mullan asked why he was jogging around naked and was told ‘no explanation’ had been provided.
Mr Kyle said that McAnee ‘has difficulties’, but has no previous record for offending of this kind.
He asked for the defendant to be given credit for his early guilty plea.
Judge Mullan said the offence was ‘quite irregular’, but she would not be imposing a monetary penalty because of the defendant’s limited means.
Instead, she imposed a conditional discharge for a period of twelve months.
The court heard that the warrants were issued when the defendant failed to appear for two previous court dates in relation to charges of having no driving license.
McAnee was granted his own bail of £500 subject to an address being approved by the PSNI.
And warned that if he doesn’t attend his next court appearance on February 16 he will be arrested and could spend time in custody.